Shakespeare's Restless World: Portrait of an Era HB
Shakespeare's Restless World: A Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects
Neil MacGregor (Author)
We feel we know Shakespeares characters. Think of Hamlet, trapped in indecision, or Macbeths' 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 Shakespeares universe. Shakespeares 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 Drakes circumnavigation map allows us to imagine the age of exploration from the point of view of one of its most ambitious navigators. A bishops cup captures the most sacred and divisive act in Christendom.
Hardback: 320 pages
Dimensions:15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
The Elizabethan age was a tumultuous time, when long-cherished certainties were crumbling and life was exhilaratingly uncertain. Shakespeare's Restless World uncovers the extraordinary stories behind twenty objects from the period to re-create an age at once distant and yet surprisingly familiar. From knife crime to belief in witches, religious battles to the horizons of the New World, Neil MacGregor brings the past to life in a fresh, unexpected portrait of a dangerous and dynamic era.
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