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Shakespeare's English kings : history, chronicle, and drama
Saccio, Peter.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xii, 284 pages : genealogical tables, map, portraits ; 22 cm
Reading Level:
1230 Lexile.

Format :


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PR2992.K5 S3 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PR2992.K5 S3 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Far more than any professional historian, Shakespeare is responsible for whatever notions most of us possess about English medieval history. Anyone who appreciates the dramatic action of Shakespeares history plays but is confused by much of the historical detail will welcome this guide to theRichards, Edwards, Henrys, Warwicks and Norfolks who ruled and fought across Shakespeare's page and stage. Not only theater-goers and students, but today's film-goers who want to enrich their understanding of film adaptations of plays such as Richard III and Henry V will find this revised edition ofShakespeare's English Kings to be an essential companion. Saccio's engaging narrative weaves together three threads: medieval English history according to the Tudor chroniclers who provided Shakespeare with his material, that history as understood by modern scholars, and the action of the plays themselves. Including a new preface, a revised furtherreading list, genealogical charts, an appendix of names and titles, and an index, the second edition of Shakespeare's English Kings offers excellent background reading for all of the ten history plays.

Author Notes

Peter Saccio is Leon D. Black Professor of Shakespearean Studies and Professor of English at Dartmouth College.

Table of Contents

Prefatory Note to the Second Editionp. vi
Prefatory Note to the First Editionp. ix
I History and History Playsp. 3
Ii Richard II the Fall of the Kingp. 17
Iii Henry IV the King Embattledp. 37
Iv Henry V: The King Victoriousp. 65
V Henry VI the Loss of Empirep. 91
Vi Henry VI Edward IV the Rival Kingsp. 115
Vii Richard III the Last Plantagenetp. 157
Viii John the Legitimacy of the Kingp. 187
Ix Henry VIII the Supreme Headp. 209
Afterword to the Second Editionp. 229
Appendix: on Names and Titlesp. 239
Genealogical Chartsp. 245
Chronological Chartp. 253
Bibliographyp. 257
Further Bibliographyp. 269
Index of Personsp. 275