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Shakespeare's Restless World

Neil MacGregor

William Shakespeare lived through a pivotal period in human history. With the discovery of the New An enthralling exploration of Shakespeare's world, and of the minds of his audiences.

William Shakespeare lived through a pivotal period in human history. With the discovery of the New World, the horizons of Old Europe had expanded dramatically, long-cherished certainties were crumbling and life was exhilaratingly uncertain. What ideas and assumptions did Londoners bring with them when they went to see Shakespeare's plays in the 1590s and 1600s? What were they thinking?

Shakespeare's Restless World uncovers the extraordinary stories behind twenty objects to re-create Shakespeare's world and the minds of his audiences. Each object allows MacGregor to explore one of the themes which defines the Shakespearean age - globalization, reformation, plague, Islam, magic and many others. MacGregor weaves Shakespeare's words themselves into his histories of the objects to suggest where Shakespeare's ideas about religion, national identity, the history of England and the world may have come from.

Neil MacGregor has been Director of the British Museum since August 2002. He was previously Director of the National Gallery in London. His book A History of the World in 100 Objects was published in 2010, and is now being translated into 11 languages.

Division
Penguin
Publication date
27/09/2012
Category
  • History
  • Poetry and Literature
  • Sociology
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
Extent
336
US
Neil MacGregor
Translation
Penguin
Rights sold
Dutch
German
Italian
Film
Neil MacGregor
Serial
Penguin
Audio (Unabridged)
Neil MacGregor
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