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True Face of William Shakespeare

True Face of William Shakespeare

by Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel
     
 
Within his own lifetime, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was praised and revered as a writer of genius. By the late 1590s he had already reached a high point of his brilliant literary career in London and was considered to be in every way the equal of great classical figures shuch as Nestor, Socrates, or Virgil. Almost everyone had heard of Shakespeare. Many more had

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Within his own lifetime, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was praised and revered as a writer of genius. By the late 1590s he had already reached a high point of his brilliant literary career in London and was considered to be in every way the equal of great classical figures shuch as Nestor, Socrates, or Virgil. Almost everyone had heard of Shakespeare. Many more had seen him on stage and knew what he looked like. Indeed, students at Oxford and Cambridge were fascinated by Shakespeare's works and hung his image on their walls. However, in the decades that followed, much of this visual knowledge was lost, not least as a result of the turmoil of the English Civil War in the seventeenth century. Uncertainty developed about the poset's physical appearance which has persisted to this day.

Now Professor Hildegard Hammerschmidt-hummel conclusively dispels this uncertainty and reveals the true face of William Shakespeare. By combining exhaustive academic research with the latest technology, and collaborating over many years with specialists from the most varied disciplines (including forensic experts from the German Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigation, doctors, physicists, 3D imaging engineers, archivists, and experts on art and literature), she has been able to prove the authenticity of the Darmstadt Shakespeare death mask and the Flower and Chandos portraits, as well as that of another, extraordinarily expressive image of Shakespeare: the Davenant bust (whose provenance can now be traced back to the early seventeenth century).

In this groundbreaking book Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel offers a convincing solution to the centuries-old problem of the appearance andidentity of William Shakespeare. She also answers previously open questions concerning the diseases the poet suffered from, why he abandoned his celebrated literary career prematurely, and what very probably caused his untimely death.

The True Face of William Shakespeare will fundamentally change our perception of Shakespeare as both a human being and as a writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781904449560
Publisher:
Chaucer Press
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

PROFESSOR HILDEGARD HAMMERSCHMIDT-HUMMEL lectures in English Literature and Cultural studies at the University of Mainz, Germany. For three years she was head of the Department for Culture at the Consulate-General of Germany in Toronto. Her major publications include the study Das Geheimnis um Shakespeares 'Dark Lady' (The Secret of Shakespeare's 'Dark Lady: Uncovering a Mystery), 1999, in which she identifies the mistress of Shakespeare's sonnets; "What did Shakespeare Look Like? Authentic Portraits and the Death Mask: Methods and Results of the Tests of Authenticity", 2000; Die verborgene Existenz des William Shakespeare. Dichter und Rebell im katholischen Untergrund (The Secret Life of William Shakespeare: Poet and Rebel in the Catholic Underground), 2001, which resolves the question of Shakespeare's religion; the three-volume work that appeared in 2003, Die Shakespeare-Illustration (1594-2000). Bildkünstlerische Darstellungen zu den Dramen William Shakespeares (Shakespearian Illustrations [1594-2000]. The Work of Artists on Shakespeare's Plays), containing more than 3000 illustrations; William Shakespeare. Die authentischen Bildnisse (William Shakespeare. The Authentic Portraits), 2004; and the earlier German version of her Shakespeare biography, William Shakespeare. Seine Zeit - Sein Leben - Sein Werk (2003), which heavily draws on new historical and pictorial sources she has brought to light during a lifetime of Shakespearean study.

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