Jonathan Bate, Professor of Shakespeare & Renaissance Literature, University of Warwick
"Students and scholars of Shakespeare will find much of interest in Shakespeare and Political Thought."
-Paulina Kewes,Jesus College, University of Oxford
"How did Shakespeare regard the great political issues and controversies of his day, and where did his own political sympathies ultimately lie? The contributors to this outstanding collection – literary critics, political theorists, historians of the early modern period – provide a subtle and provocative set of answers to these familiar questions. Wary of the notion that Shakespeare endorses, either tacitly or explicitly, any specific system of government, they propose none the less a writer whose intense political consciousness is evident even in such hitherto unsuspected areas of his work as the Sonnets and The Merry Wives of Windsor; a writer sharply observant of current political practices and dilemmas, sceptical about the common uses of power, and skilled in the flexible rhetorical practices of the day. Inspired in part by the Cambridge school of intellectual history, in part by other recent revisionist work in the early modern field, the book represents a new synthesis of method and approach, and the definitive starting point for any future exploration of the ‘political’ Shakespeare."
-Ian Donaldson,University of Melbourne