Shakespeare's Kings: The Great Plays and the History of England in the Middle Ages: 1337-1485

Shakespeare's Kings: The Great Plays and the History of England in the Middle Ages: 1337-1485

by John Julius Norwich

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Overview

In a sparkling, fast-paced narrative, esteemed historian John Julius Norwich chronicles the turbulent events of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England that inspired Shakespeare's history plays. It was a time of uncertainty and incessant warfare, a time during which the crown was constantly contested, alliances were made and broken, and peasants and townsmen alike arose in revolt. This was the raw material of Shakespeare's dramas, and Norwich holds up his work to the light of history to ask: Who was the real Falstaff? How accurate a historian was the playwright? Shakespeare's Kings is a marvelous study of the Bard's method of spinning history into art, and a captivating portrait of the Middle Ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743200318
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 03/13/2001
Edition description: 1 TOUCHSTO
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 1,088,150
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

John Julius Norwich is the author of A History of Venice and the renowned Byzantium trilogy. He is chairman of the World Monuments Fund in Britain and lives in London.

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