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The Companion to Shakespeare's History Plays


Shakespeare's history plays have been performed in recent years more than ever before throughout Britain, North America, and Europe. This volume is an accessible introduction to Shakespeare's historical and classical plays. Comprehensive in scope, it offers chapters on the individual plays and accounts of the genre of the history play, Renaissance theories of history, and masques and pageants. It compares them with other European history plays, and includes an account of women's roles, genealogical tables and a list of principal and recurrent characters.


Table of Contents


Part I. Contexts:

1. The Shakespearean history play Michael Hattaway
2. Shakespeare and the early modern history play A. J. Hoenselaars
3. Pageants, masques, and history David M. Bergeron
4. Elizabethan historiography and Shakespeare's sources Dominique Goy-Blanquet

5. Women's roles in the Elizabethan history plays Phyllis Rackin


Part II. The Plays:

6. Plantagenets, Yorkists, Lancastrians, and Tudors: Edward III, 1-3 Henry VI, Richard III Janis Lull
7. Historical legacy and fiction: the poetical reinvention of King Richard III Marie-Hélène Besnault and Michel Bitot
8. King John: changing perspectives A. J. Piesse
9. Richard II: Shakespeare and the languages of the stage Robyn Bolam
10. Henry IV Parts one and two James C. Bulman
11. King Henry V: 'The quick forge and working house of thought' Pamela Mason
12. Shakespeare's ancient Rome: difference and identity Robert S. Miola
13. Shakespeare's other historical plays R. A. Foakes
14. Theatrical afterlives Stuart Hampton-Reeves

Part III. Reference Material: Recurrent characters
Family Trees: 1. The Early Plantagenets
2. The House of Lancaster
3. The House of York
Bibliography and further reading.

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