Shakespeares Princes of Wales: English Identity and the Welsh Connection

Hardcover | October 29, 2014

byMarisa R. Cull

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Shakespeare's Princes of Wales spotlights the surprising abundance of princes of Wales - English and Welsh alike - appearing onstage in the late Tudor and early Stuart period. In drawing our attention to the oft-overlooked and frequently misunderstood Welsh inheritance, and in investigatingits staged and shadowed heirs in plays and court performances by Shakespeare, Peele, Fletcher, Jonson, and more, Marisa R. Cull suggests that the growing scholarly interest in Wales's influence on English national identity must be conditioned by the political and theatrical specificity of theprincedom. Illuminating the princedom's unique role as an extension of the Welsh past in contemporary England, Shakespeare's Princes of Wales reveals early modern English culture's understanding of the princedom as linked to England's most pressing national crises: the tenuous connection between bloodline andsuccession, the anxiety over England's native strength, and the fraught process of fashioning a British state. In the pages of this book, we meet familiar characters - Hal, Glendower, Fluellen, and more - wholly transformed through the added insights about the princedom, and encounter long-ignoredor forgotten heirs, meaningfully resurrected for the insights they provide on the Anglo-Welsh past. In telling the story of the early modern princedom, Shakespeare's Princes of Wales offers new insights not only into that period's politics and theater, but also into a title that survives, incontinued complexity, to this day.

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Shakespeare's Princes of Wales spotlights the surprising abundance of princes of Wales - English and Welsh alike - appearing onstage in the late Tudor and early Stuart period. In drawing our attention to the oft-overlooked and frequently misunderstood Welsh inheritance, and in investigatingits staged and shadowed heirs in plays and cou...

Marisa R. Cull is an Assistant Professor of English at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:October 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198716192

ISBN - 13:9780198716198

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Welsh Princes, English Playwrights1. The Princedom of Wales as Political Stage2. England's Hope? Shadowed Heirs in Shakespeare's Histories3. "Victorious stock": The "Native" Prince in Edward III, Edward I and Henry V4. Princes, Playhouses, and the Politics of Empire: Henry Frederick and the Investiture of 16105. Anticipating the Revolution: The Princedom in DeclineEpilogue: Beyond the Renaissance