Shakespeare's Tudor History: A Study of Henry IV

Shakespeare's Tudor History: A Study of Henry IV

by Tom McAlindon, Tom McAlindon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754604683

ISBN-13: 9780754604686

Pub. Date: 01/01/2002

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

Arranging the discussion to facilitate a historicist study, McAlindon (English, U> of Hull) first reviews the critical history of the historical dimension to the plays, then shows how Shakespeare interpreted the great conflicts of late medieval England through the Tudor experience of rebellion, division, and uncertainty caused by the shift from Catholic feudalism to

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Arranging the discussion to facilitate a historicist study, McAlindon (English, U> of Hull) first reviews the critical history of the historical dimension to the plays, then shows how Shakespeare interpreted the great conflicts of late medieval England through the Tudor experience of rebellion, division, and uncertainty caused by the shift from Catholic feudalism to centralized Protestant monarchy. Then he integrates those findings into close readings, demonstrating the utility of intellectual history in interpreting literature. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754604686
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Series:
Shakespeare Studies
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
List of Abbreviationsviii
Prefaceix
Part IContext
Chapter 1A Critical History3
A masterpiece3
Comic history4
Structures5
Nineteenth-century interpretations8
Twentieth-century interpretations: conservative Shakespeare13
Twentieth-century interpretations: ambivalent Shakespeare17
Conclusion23
Chapter 2A Tudor History27
Present and past27
Rebellion28
The colours of rebellion and the problem of truth34
Rumour's tongues39
'What is a man but his promise'40
Treachery and distrust44
Grace and favour48
Part IIText
Chapter 3Time53
Tudor time53
Henry IV: image and design63
The King65
'Esperance ma comforte': the rebels70
'Continual laughter': Falstaff75
'Sunlike majesty': the heir apparent83
'Veritas filia temporis'89
The presence of the past90
Chapter 4Truth93
Oaths, perjury, language93
Royal duplicity: Henry and Prince John96
The rebels: dividing and divided108
'The word of the noble': Sir John Falstaff (and friends)116
True prince or princely hypocrite?121
Chapter 5Grace141
Grace and honour141
'A god on earth': Henry and Prince John146
The 'king of honour': Sir Harry Percy157
Sir John: the reforming knight160
The 'ungracious boy'169
Pilgrims of grace176
AppendixTwelfth Night and temperate mirth177
Notes179
Bibliography209
Index221

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