The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's History Plays

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 5, 2002 - Drama - 283 pages
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Shakespeare's history plays have been performed more in recent years than ever before, in Britain, North America, and in Europe. This 2002 volume provides an accessible, wide-ranging and informed introduction to Shakespeare's history and Roman plays. It is attentive throughout to the plays as they have been performed over the centuries since they were written. The first part offers accounts of the genre of the history play, of Renaissance historiography, of pageants and masques, and of women's roles, as well as comparisons with history plays in Spain and the Netherlands. Chapters in the second part look at individual plays as well as other Shakespearean texts which are closely related to the histories. The Companion offers a full bibliography, genealogical tables, and a list of principal and recurrent characters. It is a comprehensive guide for students, researchers and theatre-goers alike.
  

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Some essays earn fours, other threes. Mason's on Henry V is solid, for example, and Bergeron's "Pageants, masques, and history" is useful background info. Read full review

Review: The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's History Plays

User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

Some essays earn fours, other threes. Mason's on Henry V is solid, for example, and Bergeron's "Pageants, masques, and history" is useful background info. Read full review

Contents

Shakespeare and the early modern history play
25
Pageants masques and history
41
Elizabethan historiography and Shakespeares sources
57
Womens roles in the Elizabethan history plays
71
the poetical reinvention
106
changing perspectives 12 6
126
Henry 7V Parts i and 2
158
the quick forge and working house of thought
177
difference and identity
193
Shakespeares other historical plays
214
Theatrical afterlives 2 29
229
Principal and recurrent characters in the English histories 2 47
260
Index
279
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Michael Hattaway was educated in New Zealand and at Cambridge. He has taught at the Universities of Kent, British Columbia, Massachusetts, and Sheffield. He is the author of Elizabethan Popular Theatre (1982) and Hamlet:The Critics Debate (1987) and is the editor of A Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture (2000); with A. R. Braunmuller, of The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Drama (1990), and, with Derek Roper and Boika Sokolova, of Shakespeare in the New Europe (1994). For the New Mermaids he has edited Beaumont's The Knight of the Burning Pestle, for the New Cambridge Shakespeare 1-3 Henry VI and As You Like It, and for the Revels Series Jonson's The New Inn.