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Shakespeare's consuls, cardinals, and kings : the real history behind the plays

Riley, Dick2008
Review: "Shakespeare's Consuls, Cardinals, and Kings sets the historical context for the events portrayed in Shakespeare's major histories. It reviews the sources he used and analyzes how he reshaped that material - often telescoping events and combining characters - to create his dramas. It also offers the insights of later historians about the lives and careers of Julius Caesar, Marc Antony, and the English monarchs King John, Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Richard III, and Henry VIII." "Designed to give both students and casual readers a deeper understanding and a more enjoyable experience of the "history" plays, each chapter of Shakespeare's Consuls, Cardinals, and Kings focuses on the period and lives portrayed in one of these dramas, and also provides a brief guide to available film and video versions."--BOOK JACKET.
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New York : Continuum, 2008.
210 p. ; 22 cm.
Includes index.Includes bibliographical references and index.
"In servile fearfulness" : Julius Caesar -- "Her infinite variety" : Antony and Cleopatra -- "The hearts of all his people shall revolt from him" : King John -- "What subject can give sentence on his king?" : Richard II -- "Will fortune never come with both hands full?" : Henry IV -- "God fought for us" : Henry V -- "Once more we sit in England's royal throne" : Henry VI -- "Full of danger is the Duke of Gloucester" : Richard III -- "These fierce vanities" : Henry VIII.
0826418805 (pbk alk paper)
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