'Lechery, still wars and lechery; nothing else holds fashion'
It is the seventh year of the Trojan War. The Greek army is camped outside Troy and Achilles - their military hero - refuses to fight. Inside the city Troilus, the Trojan King's son, falls in love with Cressida, whose father has defected to the Greek camp. In an exchange of prisoners the couple are split - they believe forever. The honour of lovers and soldiers is tested as a fierce battle begins and heroes must prove their worth.
This book includes a general introduction to Shakespeare's life and the Elizabethan theatre, a separate introduction to Troilus and Cressida, a chronology of his works, suggestions for further reading, an essay discussing performance options on both stage and screen, and a commentary.
About the Author
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was born in Stratford-upon-Avon where his father was a prosperous glover. His early life is obscure, but he married Anne Hathaway in 1682 with whom he had two children. By 1592 he was establishing himself in London, and over the next twenty years he wrote thirty-seven plays-and contributed to many more-was a prolific poet, and was taken up by several influential patrons. His Sonnets were first printed in 1609 by George Eld for Thomas Thorpe. The identity of Mr. W.H. to whom the Sonnets are dedicated remains a mystery, as does the identity of the aristocratic youth in the Sonnets and the enigmatic Dark Lady.
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 28th September 2006
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 11.3 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 18.1