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Shakespeare's restless world : [a portrait of an era in twenty objects] /

by MacGregor, Neil; British Museum; Royal Shakespeare Company; BBC Radio 4.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Viking Press, 2012Description: xvi, 320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780670026340 :; 0670026344.Title notes: $36.00 11-2013 (db)Subject(s): Material culture | Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters | Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603 | Excavations (Archaeology) -- England | England -- Antiquities | Great Britain -- History -- Tudors, 1485-1603
Contents:
Introduction: Inside the Wooden O -- England goes global -- Communion and conscience -- Snacking through Shakespeare -- Life without Elizabeth -- Swordplay and swagger -- Europe : triumphs of the past -- Ireland : failures in the present -- City life, urban strife -- New science, old magic -- Toil and trouble -- Treason and plots -- Sex and the city -- From London to Marrakesh -- Disguise and deception -- The flag that failed -- A time of change, a change of time -- Plague and the playhouse -- London becomes Rome -- The theatres of cruelty -- Shakespeare goes global.
Summary: 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 and the Tudor era of Elizabeth I.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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 <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.

$36.00 11-2013 (db)

Subtitle from cover.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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 and the Tudor era of Elizabeth I.

Introduction: Inside the Wooden O -- England goes global -- Communion and conscience -- Snacking through Shakespeare -- Life without Elizabeth -- Swordplay and swagger -- Europe : triumphs of the past -- Ireland : failures in the present -- City life, urban strife -- New science, old magic -- Toil and trouble -- Treason and plots -- Sex and the city -- From London to Marrakesh -- Disguise and deception -- The flag that failed -- A time of change, a change of time -- Plague and the playhouse -- London becomes Rome -- The theatres of cruelty -- Shakespeare goes global.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction: Inside the Wooden O (p. vii)
  • Chapter 1 England Goes Global (p. 2)
  • Chapter 2 Communion and Conscience (p. 18)
  • Chapter 3 Snacking Through Shakespeare (p. 32)
  • Chapter 4 Life Without Elizabeth (p. 44)
  • Chapter 5 Swordplay and Swagger (p. 61)
  • Chapter 6 Europe: Triumphs of the Past (p. 74)
  • Chapter 7 Ireland: Failures in the Present (p. 89)
  • Chapter 8 City Life, Urban Strife (p. 105)
  • Chapter 9 New Science, Old Magic (p. 116)
  • Chapter 10 Toil and Trouble (p. 132)
  • Chapter 11 Treason and Plots (p. 147)
  • Chapter 12 Sex and the City (p. 160)
  • Chapter 13 From London to Marrakesh (p. 174)
  • Chapter 14 Disguise and Deception (p. 190)
  • Chapter 15 The Flag That Failed (p. 202)
  • Chapter 16 A Time of Change, a Change of Time (p. 215)
  • Chapter 17 Plague and the Playhouse (p. 228)
  • Chapter 18 London Becomes Rome (p. 242)
  • Chapter 19 The Theatres of Cruelty (p. 258)
  • Chapter 20 Shakespeare Goes Global (p. 272)
  • List of Lead Objects (p. 287)
  • Bibliography (p. 290)
  • References (p. 295)
  • Picture Credits (p. 303)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 310)
  • Index (p. 311)

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