tudor queens series debuts of the month newgen books for YA readers book price comparison before the fall
Search our site
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter Read the opening extract of the brand new Karin Slaughter book before its publication on 13/07/2017

Finding Shakespeare's New Place An Archaeological Biography by Kevin Colls, Paul Edmondson, William Mitchell
  

Finding Shakespeare's New Place An Archaeological Biography

, ,

RRP £15.99

Synopsis

Finding Shakespeare's New Place An Archaeological Biography by Kevin Colls, Paul Edmondson, William Mitchell

This ground-breaking book provides an abundance of fresh insights into Shakespeare's life in relation to his lost family home, New Place. The findings of a major archaeological excavation encourage us to think again about what New Place meant to Shakespeare and, in so doing, challenge some of the long-held assumptions of Shakespearian biography. New Place was the largest house in the borough and the only one with a courtyard. Shakespeare was only ever an intermittent lodger in London. His impressive home gave Shakespeare significant social status and was crucial to his relationship with Stratford-upon-Avon. Archaeology helps to inform biography in this innovative and refreshing study which presents an overview of the site from prehistoric times through to a richly nuanced reconstruction of New Place when Shakespeare and his family lived there, and beyond. This attractively illustrated book is for anyone with a passion for archaeology or Shakespeare.

Reviews

'In this book a compelling case is made that from Shakespeare's mid-thirties New Place was always his primary residence; that this is where he lived with his family, and where he did much of his writing; a well-off middle class landowner who never lost touch with his roots.'
Michael Wood, Professor in Public History at the University of Manchester

'This wonderful book evokes Shakespeare's lost family home, New Place, more completely and tantalisingly than ever before. It sent chills down my spine, because it brings us so vividly close to the real Shakespeare and his life in Stratford. It's a fascinating blend of history and archaeology, packed with engaging detail that places him as never before within an authentic historical context. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.'
Alison Weir, historical biographer and author of Elizabeth the Queen

'Finding Shakespeare's New Place thinks outside the box, injects common sense, realism and faith in Shakespeare's material reality in time into everything you touch here. All this grows out of an instinctive realisation that these were once real people who got up in Stratford-upon-Avon in the morning, and lived and breathed its airs and seasons.'
Rene Weis, Professor of English at University College London

'This biography of a place is also the biography of a person, rich with information about how William Shakespeare designed his life in Stratford-upon-Avon. Joining authoritative archaeological evidence and sensitive architectural re-imaginings, Finding Shakespeare's New Place helps us recover the aspiration, the memory, and the identity that Shakespeare lodged in his lost family home.'
Lena Cowen Orlin, Professor of English at Georgetown University and Executive Director of The Shakespeare Association of America

'I salute my fellow 'Shakespearean archaeologists'.'
Julian Bowsher, Current Archaeology, December 2016

-- .


About the Author

Paul Edmondson is Head of Research at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Kevin Colls is Archaeological Project Manager at the Centre of Archaeology, Staffordshire University William Mitchell is Project Archaeologist at the Centre of Archaeology, Staffordshire University

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

26th July 2016

Author

Kevin Colls, Paul Edmondson, William Mitchell

More books by Kevin Colls, Paul Edmondson, William Mitchell
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Manchester University Press

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
Shakespeare studies & criticism

ISBN

9781526106490

I love the honest opinions, recommendations for every genre and every reader, wish lists and Like for Like.

Amrita Dasgupta

Hooked on books? Give Lovereading a go - for the chance to discover brilliant books, and to see why our members love it so.

Claire Hill

Love books. Love reading. Love reading books. And, here's the trick. Here's a website which caters for people like me.

Ian Harvey-brown

Because of Lovereading I have broadened my reading horizons with some really great books that I probably would never have chosen myself.

Susan Walsh

Lovereading is a wonderful way to expand my literary horizons, discover inspiring authors & get the chance to read new novels first. #loveit

Zarina de Ruiter

You can trust Lovereading to show unbiased reviews by actual, ordinary readers that help likeminded booklovers choose their next great read.

Linda Hill

If you LOVE reading then you will love LOVEREADING! It's a 'novel' idea. Seriously though I could not recommend them enough.

Rebecca Whymark

Lovereading does a stella job in promoting both new and established authors.

Iris Clements

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools