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Shakespeare's Restless World A Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects

ISBN-10: 0670026344
ISBN-13: 9780670026340
Edition: N/A
Authors: Neil MacGregor
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Description: 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 focusWe feel we know Shakespeare’s characters. Think of Hamlet, trapped in indecision, or Macbeth’s  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782

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 focusWe 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.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.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.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.

Robert Neil MacGregor, OM, FSA (born on June 16, 1946, in Glasgow, Scotland) is an art historian and museum director. He was the Editor of the Burlington Magazine from 1981 to 1987, the Director of the National Gallery, London, from 1987 to 2002, and was appointed Director of the British Museum in 2002. He has presented three television series on art and the radio series A History of the World in 100 Objects, which aired in 2010.

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
List of Lead Objects
Bibliography
References
Picture Credits
Acknowledgements
Index

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