Shakespeare's Restless World

Shakespeare's Restless World

Book - 2012
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The New York Times bestselling author of A History of the World in 100 Objects brings the world of Shakespeare and the Tudor era of Elizabeth I into focus

We feel we know Shakespeare's characters. Think of Hamlet, trapped in indecision, or Macbeth's merciless and ultimately self-destructive ambition, or the Machiavellian rise and short reign of Richard III. They are so vital, so alive and real that we can see aspects of ourselves in them. But their world was at once familiar and nothing like our own.

In this brilliant work of historical reconstruction Neil MacGregor and his team at the British Museum, working together in a landmark collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC, bring us twenty objects that capture the essence of Shakespeare's universe. A perfect complement to A History of the World in 100 Objects , MacGregor's landmark New York Times bestseller, Shakespeare's Restless World highlights a turning point in human history.

This magnificent book, illustrated throughout with more than one hundred vibrant color photographs, invites you to travel back in history and to touch, smell, and feel what life was like at that pivotal moment, when humankind leaped into the modern age. This was an exhilarating time when discoveries in science and technology altered the parameters of the known world. Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation map allows us to imagine the age of exploration from the point of view of one of its most ambitious navigators. A bishop's cup captures the most sacred and divisive act in Christendom.

With A History of the World in 100 Objects , MacGregor pioneered a new way of telling history through artifacts. Now he trains his eye closer to home, on a subject that has mesmerized him since childhood, and lets us see Shakespeare and his world in a whole new light.
Publisher: New York : Viking Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780670026340
Branch Call Number: 822.33 F-M
Characteristics: xvi, 320 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps.
Additional Contributors: BBC Radio 4
British Museum


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Feb 18, 2015

A very interesting book about the things in Shakespeare's time and place and the culture they were a part of. Its more about English culture in the late 1500's and early 1600's, but a book like that probably wouldn't be able to be sold on its own, so Shakespeare had to be integrated into it. Which in turn raises the question: what other times and places are there that can be as well written about but aren't because those other times and places lack a Shakespeare (or some other major draw)?

ser_library Jan 14, 2014

illustrations on almost every page and interesting commentary make Shakespeare's world seem alive

tedward07 Feb 28, 2013

Wonderful collection of interesting items from Shakespeare's world. Each bite-size chapter was entertaining as well as educational. Highly recommend this to high school students struggling with the plays and understanding why they were and remain so popular.

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