The English History Play in the Age of Shakespeare

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Psychology Press, 1965 - Literary Criticism - 356 pages
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First published in 1957. This edition re-issues the second edition of 1965.

Recognized as one of the leading books in its field, The English History Play in the Age of Shakespeare presents the most comprehensive account available of the English historical drama from its beginning to the closing of the theatres in 1642 and relates this development to Renaissance historiography and Elizabethan political theory.
  

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Contents

History and Drama in the Age of Shakespeare
1
The Emergence of a Dramatic Genre
30
Some Early English History Plays
65
The Early Shakespeare
92
Historical Tragedy and Moral History
123
Shakespeares Second Tetralogy
151
The Biographical Play
194
Legendary and AngloSaxon History
224
The History Play in Decline
266
APPENDICES A A Note on Tudor Political Doctrine
305
B A Chronological List of Extant English History Plays 15191653
313
The Principal Sources of the English History Play
321
A Select Bihliography of Secondary Materials
323
Index
339
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