First published in 1921, this volume constitutes an attempt to view Hamlet in the light of contemporary history, pointing out possible links between the action of the play and the surrounding context of its creation. Given the lack of biographical material on Shakespeare and the consequent mystery surrounding his intentions, attention is focused on the relationship between the play and its potential audience. Through this approach an unusual thesis is developed, one in which the play is seen as casting a positive light on the Essex conspiracy and the future succession of James I. This is a fascinating and controversial study that will be of value to anyone with an interest in Shakespeare, Elizabethan and Jacobean history, or literary criticism.
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- Date Published: February 2012
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107600638
- length: 200 pages
- dimensions: 203 x 127 x 12 mm
- weight: 0.22kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Richard II and Hamlet
2. Hamlet and the Darnley murder
3. James I and Hamlet
4. 'The play within a play' and Hamlet's voyage to England
5. Polonius, Rizzio and Burleigh
7. Hamlet and Essex
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