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Shakespeare's Kings: The Great Plays and the History of England in the Middle Ages: 1337-1485 - John Julius Norwich
Shakespeare's Kings: The Great Plays and the History of England in the Middle Ages: 1337-1485
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780743200318 (0743200314)
ASIN: 743200314
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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