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Kingdom for a stage : magicians & aristocrats in the Elizabethan theatre

Author: Joy Hancox
Publisher: Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton, 2001.
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"In summer 1984 an envelope arrived at Joy Hancox's Manchester home that would change her life: a collection of 516 pieces of card, each one inscribed with mysterious geometric drawings. Once in the possession of the eighteenth-century scholar, poet and secret Jacobite John Byrom (whose biography Joy was then researching), they had lain forgotten for 200 years." "Joy set out to discover the meaning of the drawings  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hancox, Joy.
Kingdom for a stage.
Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton, 2001
(OCoLC)606573781
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joy Hancox
ISBN: 0750922397 9780750922395
OCLC Number: 45853898
Description: xvii, 270 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The Derbys and Their Men --
Astrology and Other Influences --
John Dee --
The Third Globe --
The Missing Dimension --
Contributing Factors --
The Cast Widens --
Elizabethan Enterprise --
A Scrapbook and its Pictures --
Out of the Shadows --
The Geometry of Human Life: An Analysis and Commentary.
Responsibility: Joy Hancox.

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This volume offers a reassessment of the Elizabethan theatres, and Elizabethan theatre. Joy Hancox re-presents the world of the Globe for the 21st century, as it has never been seen before.  Read more...

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