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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

John Julius Norwich

ISBN: 9780743200318

In a fast-paced, engaging narrative, Norwich chronicles the actual events of the 14th and 15th centuries that inspired Shakespeare's history plays, from the untimely death of the heroic Black Prince and Henry Bolingbroke's ousting of Richard II to the legendary Battle of Agincourt and the notorious 18-month reign of Richard III. of full-color photos.

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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.
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