The primary source texts of "Hamlet" are:
- The Amleth legend contained in Saxo Grammaticus's chronicle Gesta Danorum (ca. 1185),
- That legend's English transcription, "The Hystorie of Hamblet" (here, as rendered in a 1608 quarto edition),
- A French translation of Matteo Bandello's 1554 collection "Novelle" ("Les Histoires Tragiques, Extraicts des Oeuvres Italiennes de Bandel," 1559),
- And, at least by way of inspiration, Thomas Kyd's "Spanish Tragedie".
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