Title England in the Age of Shakespeare
Author Jeremy Black
ISBN 9780253042316
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 312
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Indiana University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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How did it feel to hear Macbeth’s witches chant of “double, double toil and trouble” at a time when magic and witchcraft were as real as anything science had to offer? How were justice and forgiveness understood by the audience who first watched King Lear; how were love and romance viewed by those who first saw Romeo and Juliet? In England in the Age of Shakespeare, Jeremy Black takes readers on a tour of life in the streets, homes, farms, churches, and palaces of the Bard’s era. Panning from play to audience and back again, Black shows how Shakespeare’s plays would have been experienced and interpreted by those who paid to see them. From the dangers of travel to the indignities of everyday life in teeming London, Black explores the jokes, political and economic references, and small asides that Shakespeare’s audiences would have recognized. These moments of recognition often reflected the audience’s own experiences of what it was to, as Hamlet says, “grunt and sweat under a weary life.” Black’s clear and sweeping approach seeks to reclaim Shakespeare from the ivory tower and make the plays’ histories more accessible to the public for whom the plays were always intended.



Chapter 1. The Imagination of the Age

Chapter 2. The World of the Plays

Chapter 3. A Dynamic Country

Chapter 4. London

Chapter 5. Narrating the Past: History Plays

Chapter 6. The Narrative of Politics

Chapter 7. The Political Imagination

Chapter 8. Social Conditions, Structures, and Assumptions

Chapter 9. Health and Medicine

Chapter 10. Cultural Trends

Chapter 11. England and Europe

Chapter 12. The Wider World: Locating Prospero

Chapter 13. As We Like Him

Selected Further Reading


About the Author:

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is author of many books, including Charting the Past: The Historical Worlds of Eighteenth-Century England; London: A History; and Mapping Shakespeare: An Exploration of Shakespeare’s Worlds through Maps.

Target Audience:

This book is useful for people interested in literature and performing arts.


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