Shakespeare's Restless World: A Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects

The New York Times bestselling writer of A historical past of the realm in a hundred items brings the realm of Shakespeare and the Tudor period of Elizabeth I into focus

We suppose we all know Shakespeare’s characters. think about Hamlet, trapped in indecision, or Macbeth’s cruel and finally self-destructive ambition, or the Machiavellian upward thrust and brief reign of Richard III. they're so important, so alive and actual that we will see elements of ourselves in them. yet their international used to be instantly favourite and not anything like our own.

In this excellent paintings of ancient reconstruction Neil MacGregor and his workforce on the British Museum, operating jointly in a landmark collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare corporation and the BBC, carry us twenty items that trap the essence of Shakespeare’s universe. an ideal supplement to A historical past of the area in a hundred Objects, MacGregor’s landmark New York Times bestseller, Shakespeare’s stressed World highlights a turning aspect in human history.

This extraordinary booklet, illustrated all through with a couple of hundred brilliant colour photos, invitations you to commute again in historical past and to the touch, odor, and consider what existence used to be like at that pivotal second, while humankind leaped into the trendy age. This was once an exciting time whilst discoveries in technological know-how and know-how altered the parameters of the identified international. Sir Francis Drake’s circumnavigation map permits us to visualize the age of exploration from the perspective of 1 of its so much formidable navigators. A bishop’s cup captures the main sacred and divisive act in Christendom.

With A background of the realm in a hundred Objects, MacGregor pioneered a brand new means of telling heritage via artifacts. Now he trains his eye toward domestic, on a topic that has mesmerized him when you consider that adolescence, and shall we us see Shakespeare and his international in an entire new mild.

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No. : 1848,0911. 439) p. 2 hundred invoice Nighy as Edgar in King Lear, directed by means of David Hare, nationwide Theatre, London, 1986 (Nobby Clark/ArenaPAL; www. arenapal. com) p. 202 Designs for the Union Flag of ‘Great Britain’, c. 1604 (by permission of the Trustees of the nationwide Library of Scotland. MS 2517, f. sixty seven) p. 205 James Gordon (1617–86), The Royal Palace of Holy Rood-Hous, c. 1649 (Royal assortment belief, © HM Queen Elizabeth II 2012) p. 206 John de Critz, James VI and that i, 1604, Scottish nationwide Portrait Gallery (www. nationalgalleries. org) p. 209 Gold double crown of James I, 1604–5 (© The Trustees of the British Museum. Inv. No. : 1935,0401. 6874) p. 212 aspect from The recovery of previous St Paul’s, via John Gipkyn, 1616 (Society of Antiquaries of London, UK/The Bridgeman artwork Library) p. 216 Weight-driven musical clock by way of Nicholas Vallin, 1598 (© The Trustees of the British Museum. Inv. No. : 1958, 1006. 2139) p. 219 Horologia Ferrea: clock store scene, by means of Jan van der Straet, Antwerp, 1580–1605 (© The Trustees of the British Museum. Inv. No. : 1948,0410. four. 195) p. 220 Self-portrait via David Kindt (1580–1652) (Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany/The Bridgeman paintings Library) p. 222 A courtyard with a construction with a wide public clock, through Hans Vredeman de Vries, 1542–1608 (© The Trustees of the British Museum. Inv. No. : SL, 5214. a hundred forty five) p. 227 element from the ‘Agas’ map of London, c. 1562, as reproduced by means of the London Topographical Society in 1905 (City of London, London Metropolitan files) p. 228 through the King ‘A Proclamation directing all of the the Aristocracy and Gentry no longer in attendance at court docket to come back to their nation residences…’, 29 July 1603 (© The British Library Board. C. 112. eleven. 1. (23)) p. 232 invoice of Mortality, 6 October 1603 (Houghton Library, Harvard college STC 16739. five) p. 235 ‘Triumphant demise chases Londoners from their urban, yet nation folks correct, terrified of illness, force them back’, identify paintings from a pamphlet ‘A Rod for Run-awayes’, by means of Thomas Dekker, released in 1625 (© NYPL/Science Source/AGE Fotostock) p. 238 Plague Orders ‘Orders idea meete via his Majestie, and his Privie Counsell, to be executed…in such Townes, Villages, and different Places…infected with the Plague, and so on. ’, 30 July 1603 (© The British Library Board. C. 31. e. three, f. A2. ) p. 242 Londinium, from Stephen Harrison, The Arches of Triumph, London, 1604 (© The Trustees of the British Museum. Inv. No. : 1880, 1113. 5777) p. 244 The Tower of London, 1647 engraving by means of Wenceslaus Hollar (1606–77) (Private Collection/The Stapleton Collection/The Bridgeman artwork Library) p. 246 Edward Alleyn through British institution, inscribed 1626 (by permission of the Trustees of Dulwich photo Gallery) p. 249 The Italians Pegme, from Stephen Harrison, The Arches of Triumph, London, 1604 (© The Trustees of the British Museum. Inv. No. : 1880, 1113. 5778) p. 251 Arabia Britannica, from Stephen Harrison, The Arches of Triumph, London, 1604. (© The Trustees of the British Museum. Inv. No. : 1880, 1113. 5780) p. 253 The Lives of the noble Grecians and Romanes, in comparison jointly through Plutarke of Chaeronea, translated by means of T.

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