Shakespeare's English Kings: History, Chronicle, and Drama by Peter SaccioShakespeare's English Kings: History, Chronicle, and Drama by Peter Saccio

Shakespeare's English Kings: History, Chronicle, and Drama

byPeter Saccio

Paperback | March 15, 2000

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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 Shakespeare's history plays but is confused by much of the historical detail will welcome this guide tothe Richards, 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 revisededition of Shakespeare'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.
Peter Saccio is Leon D. Black Professor of Shakespearean Studies and Professor of English at Dartmouth College.
Title:Shakespeare's English Kings: History, Chronicle, and DramaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 5.2 × 7.91 × 0.79 inPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195123190

ISBN - 13:9780195123197


From Our Editors

Clearing up the confusion of who’s who in Shakespeare’s plays, this book utilizes three sources of information. First, it assesses the medieval English history supplied to Shakespeare by the Tudor chroniclers. Then the author looks at history as presented by modern scholars. Finally, we take a look at the plays themselves and Shakespeare’s own interpretation of his characters. Shakespeare's English Kings is an excellent companion for all ten of the history plays.

Editorial Reviews

"This book remains an essential companion to those literature students unfamiliar with English History. Clear and cogent."--Dr. Jon M. Suter, Houston Baptist University