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Shakespeare and the remains of Richard III

Author: Philip Schwyzer
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"This book explores how recollections and traces of the reign of Richard III survived a century and more to influence the world and work of William Shakespeare. In Richard III, Shakespeare depicts an era that had only recently passed beyond the horizon of living memory. The years between Shakespeare's birth in 1564 and the composition of the play in the early 1590s would have seen the deaths of the last witnesses to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Richard, England King
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Schwyzer
ISBN: 9780199676101 0199676100 9780198728030 0198728034
OCLC Number: 861619274
Description: 247 pages : illustrations (black and white), portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Where is Plantagenet? "Like a dog": the remains of Richard III --
"The bones of the children could never be found": the mystery of the princes --
Lees and moonshine: memory and oral tradition. "For yet she liveth": personal memories, 1485-1572 --
"Certainty of things which they did not see": active memory, 1564-1605 --
"The handsomest man in the room": remembering Richard, 1604-35 --
Trophies, relics, and props: the life histories of objects. "Hung up for the monuments" --
Pretty relics --
Reuse and reinscription --
Haunted properties --
"He lived wickedly, yet made good laws": institutions and practices. Institutions (College of Arms, Wax Chandlers) --
Buildings (Tower of London, Crosby Place) --
Walking in the city --
"Every tale condemns me for a villain": stories. The Stanley tradition --
Spectral complaints --
Richard III on the Elizabethan stage --
After Shakespeare.
Responsibility: Philip Schwyzer.

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This book explores how memories and traces of the reign of Richard III survived a century and more to influence the world and work of William Shakespeare, offering a new approach to the cultural  Read more...

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entrancing * Dominique Goy-Blanquet, Review of English Studies * Although the book is not for those wishing to read a new analysis of the king's life and reign, it is an excellent study in how his Read more...

 
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