Shakespeare's English Kings

Shakespeare's English Kings : History, Chronicle, and Drama

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Far more than any professional historian, Shakespeare is responsible for whatever notions most of us possess about English medieval history. Anyone who appreciates the dramatic action of Shakespeare's history plays but is confused by much of the historical detail will welcome this engaging guide to the Richards, Edwards, Henrys, Warwicks and Norfolks who ruled and fought across Shakespeare's page and stage. Not only theater-goers and students, but today's film-goers who want to enrich their understanding of film adaptations of plays such as Richard III and Henry V will find this revised edition of Shakespeare's English Kings to be an essential companion. Saccio's engaging narrative weaves together three threads: medieval English history according to the Tudor chroniclers who provided Shakespeare with his material, that history as understood by modern scholars, and the action of the plays themselves. Including a new preface, a revised further reading list, genealogical charts, an appendix of names and titles, and an index, the second edition of Shakespeare's English Kings offers excellent background reading for all of the ten history plays.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 120 x 204 x 24mm | 399.16g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 8 halftones, 6 line drawings
  • 0195123190
  • 9780195123197
  • 735,143

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"This is a book that students of Shakespeare-from the general reader to the specialist who is wise enough to admit he needs help-will find most useful. Indeed, it is a book that one has always wished someone else would write."-Alexander Leggatt, Shakespeare Quarterly "So well written is this book that one does not need a purpose to pursue it. Even so, it makes excellent background reading for all of the Shakespearean history plays."-New York Times Book Review Praise for the previous edition:
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About Peter Saccio

Peter Saccio is Leon D. Black Professor of Shakespearean Studies and Professor of English at Dartmouth College.
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