Globe : Life in Shakespeare's London

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'Arnold is at her best in comparing the modern theatre with the gross conditions in which Shakespeare's contemporaries watched proceedings.'
The Times The life of William Shakespeare, Britain's greatest dramatist, is inextricably linked with the history of London. Together, the great writer and the great city came of age and confronted triumph and tragedy. Triumph came with the founding of the Globe in 1599, the patronage of the Queen herself and the golden age of Elizabethan drama. On the shadow side, fatal political intrigue meant tragedy for contemporaries Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Kyd, while the city struggled against the omnipresent threat of riots, rebellions and the devastating plague. Catharine Arnold has created a vivid portrait of Shakespeare and his London from contemporary sources, combining a novelist's eye for detail and a historian's grasp of Shakespeare's unique contribution to the development of the English theatre. No mere work of literary criticism or biography, this is a portrait of Shakespeare, London, the man and the myth.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 322 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 318g
  • English
  • 1910198846
  • 9781910198841
  • 1,459,202

Review quote

Arnold is at her best in comparing the modern theatre with the gross conditions in which Shakespeare's contemporaries watched proceedings.'

The Times

"Arnold offers a tour of Elizabethan and Jacobean London, showing how a confluence of events allowed the theaters to flourish. Four stars."

Margaret Sankey - Educator

"Globe is a delightful read from start to finish. From an imagined scene that brings to life late Tudor London, Arnold takes us into a fascinating history of the London theatre scene, and Shakespeare's place in it. There is never a dull moment."

Nicki Markus

"Full of interesting details, the book does not neglect other playwrights of the time or Shakespeare's fellows in the Lord Chamberlain's Men. Accessible instead of ponderous and scholarly, you'll learn so much about how theater worked in Elizabethan England, information that sheds light on the plays as they were perceived by the people of the time."

Janet Perry - Reviewer

"A previous stranger to Catharine Arnold's work, I feel grateful to have been introduced to her through a subject that is so richly rewarding, both historically and artistically. The inextricable link between London's chaotic, complex past and the life of Britain's greatest poet is explored with exceptional enthusiasm. This handiwork is a feast for imagination and edification, weaving scores of facts with extracts from the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, to create as complete a picture as possible of a fascinating time in a place that remains enchanting. The result is a necessity for any Shakespeare aficionado. "
The Lady
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About Catharine Arnold

Catharine Arnold read English at the University of Cambridge and holds a further degree in psychology. She is the author of 'Necropolis London and its Dead', 'Bedlam London and its Mad' City of Sin London and its Vices' and 'Underworld London City of Crime.' 'Globe, the World of Shakespeare's London' will be published by Thistle Books and Simon & Schuster in April 2015. Catharine's previous books include 'Lost Time', which won a Betty Trask award, and 'Changeling, ' both published by Hodder & Stoughton.
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