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Shakespeare's Restless World An Unexpected History in Twenty Objects by Neil MacGregor
  

Shakespeare's Restless World An Unexpected History in Twenty Objects

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Neil MacGregor has selected objects that can tell us a story about the world that Shakespeare knew – a goblet, a hat, a medal and more, all have a story to tell and in MacGregor’s hands they bring the age alive with the objects themselves bringing to light much inconsequential and fascinating information it would be hard to glean from a hundred books dedicated to Shakespeare. Accessible and so very readable, an excellent idea makes for an excellent history.

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Shakespeare's Restless World An Unexpected History in Twenty Objects by Neil MacGregor

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.

About the Author

Neil MacGregor has been Director of the British Museum since 2002. Before that he was Director of the National Gallery from 1987 to 2002. He was 'Briton of the Year' in 2008.

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Publication date

27th March 2014

Author

Neil MacGregor

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
240 pages

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Shakespeare studies & criticism
Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
Social & cultural history

ISBN

9780718195700

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