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Shakespeare and Renaissance Politics: Arden Critical Companions : Arden Critical Companions - Andrew Hadfield

Shakespeare and Renaissance Politics: Arden Critical Companions

Arden Critical Companions

Paperback Published: 4th September 2003
ISBN: 9781903436172
Number Of Pages: 328

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This study examines Shakespeare's drama and poetry in terms of contemporary political writings dealing with the constitution, the role of the monarchy, parliament, the lessons of English history and other relevant topics. Andrew Hadfield argues that Shakespeare, like many of his contemporaries, was concerned with the question of the succession and the legitimacy of the monarch in the 1590s and early 1600s when Elizabeth was an aged and ailing queen, the manifestation of a dying dynasty which left England with an uncertain future. From early works such as "The Rape of Lucrece" and "Titus Andronicus", through the histories to "Hamlet", Shakespeare's work is haunted by the problem of political legitimacy. Although clearly worried by the impending accession of James VI, Shakespeare's plays written after 1603 suggest that he was relieved by the stability that the Scottish king brought to his English kingdom.

Introduction: Shakespeare and the Varieties of Early
Modern Political Culture
True and False Sovereigns in the English History Plays
The Power and the Rights of the Crown
Republicanism and Constitutionalism
Alternative Forms of Government
The Reality of Jacobean Politics
Afterword
The Plantagenet Dynasty
The Tudor Dynasty
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9781903436172
ISBN-10: 1903436176
Series: Arden Critical Companions
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 4th September 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1

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