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

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Oxford University Press, Apr 20, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 304 pages
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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 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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User Review  - ritaer - LibraryThing

Wait, who's the heir, why is Buckingham supporting Surrey against the king? Did it all happen the way Shakespeare said it did? This book clarifies the sequence of events, the characters and ... Read full review

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My summer project was to read each of Shakespeare's ten history plays along with their respective chapters in this book. I failed, in that I just couldn't be assed to read King John. Screw that play ... Read full review

Contents

HISTORY AND HISTORY PLAYS
THE FALL OF THE KING
THE KING EMBATTLED
THE KING VICTORIOUS
THE LOSS OF EMPIRE
THE RIVAL KINGS
THE LAST PLANTAGENET
THE LEGITIMACY OF THE KING
THE SUPREME HEAD
AFTERWORD TO THE SECOND EDITION
APPENDIX ON NAMES AND TITLES
CHRONOLOGICAL CHART
FURTHER BIBLIOGRAPHY
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Peter Saccio is Leon D. Black Professor of Shakespearean Studies and Professor of English at Dartmouth College.

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