Shakespeare's Kings

Shakespeare's Kings

The Great Plays and the History of England in the Middle Ages, 1337-1485

Book - 2001
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In a fast-paced, engaging narrative, Norwich chronicles the actual events of the 14th and 15th centuries that inspired Shakespeare's history plays, from the untimely death of the heroic Black Prince and Henry Bolingbroke's ousting of Richard II to the legendary Battle of Agincourt and the notorious 18-month reign of Richard III. Of full-color photos. In a sparkling, fast-paced narrative, esteemed historian John Julius Norwich chronicles the turbulent events of fourteenth and fifteenth century England that inspired Shakespeare's history plays. It was a time of uncertainty and incessant warfare, a time during which the crown was constantly contested, alliances were made and broken, and peasants and townsmen alike arose in revolt. This was the raw material of Shakespeare's dramas, and Norwich holds up his work to the light of history to ask: Who was the real Falstaff? How accurate a historian was the playwright? Shakespeare's Kings is a marvelous study of the bard's method of spinning history into art, and a captivating portrait of the Middle Ages.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Shuster, 2001
Edition: First Touchstone edition
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780743200318
0743200314
Branch Call Number: 822.33 D N831S 2001
Characteristics: xvi, 401 pages : illustrations, maps, genealogical table ; 22 cm

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British playwrights like Bartlett have found inspiration in the monarchy since Shakespeare’s day. Historian Norwich chronicles events of the 14th and 15th centuries that shaped Shakespeare’s history plays and explores the ways the playwright used history in his works.


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