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This edition of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet reprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by six sets of thematically arranged primary documents and illustrations designed to fit many different approaches to Shakespeare's play and the early modern culture out of which the play emerges. The texts include travel accounts, poetry, excerpts from early modern fencing manuals, royal proclamations and statutes, tables and prognostications from an early modern almanac, and orders for religious ceremonies from The Book of Common Prayer. Unique to this edition, too, is the inclusion of numerous unpublished manuscript letters of the Bagot family and some poignantly moving passages from the diary of Lady Anne Clifford. The documents contextualize the social relationships among men in Shakespeare's time, violence in Elizabethan society, views of love and the Petrarchan paradigm, spiritual life, family in Elizabethan society, and ideas about astrology, medicine, and death.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312191924
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Series: Bedford Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 475
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

About the series
About this volume
List of illustrations
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet 37
Pt. 2 Cultural contexts 153
1 Italy 155
The idea of Italy for Shakespeare's English audience 155
From His ten years travel 164
From The schoolmaster 167
From The unfortunate traveler, or the life of Jack Wilton 172
From The history of Italy 176
From A discovery of the great subtlety and wonderful wisdom of the Italians 182
From A description of the author's journey from Trento to London 184
2 Between men 186
Relationships between men 186
From The affectionate shepherd 200
From His practice 208
From Paradoxes of defense 220
Keeping the peace 230
Proclamation enforcing statutes of apparel 231
Proclamation prohibiting unlawful assembly under martial law 232
Proclamation enforcing earlier proclamation against handguns 234
Proclamation prohibiting the publishing of any reports or writing of duels 236
Report to Lord Burghley 239
3 Loving and marrying 245
From A work worth the reading 248
From A Bartholomew fairing for parents 260
From Conjugal counsel : or, seasonable advice, both to unmarried, and married persons 272
From A treatise of spousals 284
Letter to Sir George More 294
From The canzoniere 298
Sonnet 9 302
Sonnet 130 303
Solemnization of matrimony 304
4 Family life 313
A prayer of children for their parents 315
Correspondence of the Bagot family 315
Letter to Richard Broughton 317
Letter to Richard Bagot esquire 319
Letter to Richard Bagot 320
Letter to Henry Skipwith 322
Letter to Walter Bagot 323
Letter to an unidentified man 325
Letter to Walter Bagot 326
Letter to Walter Bagot 328
Letter to Walter Bagot 331
Letter to Lewes Bagot 332
Letter to Walter Bagot 334
Letter to Henry Skipwith 334
Letter to Walter Bagot 336
Letter to Walter Bagot 337
Letter to Walter Bagot 338
Letter to Richard Bagot 339
Letter to Christopher Brooke 340
Letter to Richard Bagot 342
Mothering 342
From The countess of Lincoln's nursery 343
From A preparative to marriage 352
From The diary of the Lady Anne Clifford 357
From Delights for ladies to adorn their persons, tables, closets, and distillatories 377
5 Friars 380
From The life of the most holy father St. Francis 388
From Acts and monuments 392
From The faerie queene 396
6 Death and the stars 400
Love and death 403
From Erotomania 403
From An act concerning physicians and Royal College of Physicians of London, from Pharmacopoeia Londinensis 413
From Pharmacopoeia Londinensis 419
A prayer to be said at our going into bed and a prayer when we be ready to sleep 420
Astrology 421
Funerals and monuments 429
The order for the burial of the dead 429
Proclamation prohibiting destruction of church monuments 436
From An homily against apparel of idolatry and superfluous decking of churches 439
Bibliography 445
Index 461
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