By Neil MacGregor
The New York Times bestselling writer of A background of the area in a hundred gadgets brings the area of Shakespeare and the Tudor period of Elizabeth I into focus
We think we all know Shakespeare’s characters. consider Hamlet, trapped in indecision, or Macbeth’s cruel and finally self-destructive ambition, or the Machiavellian upward push and brief reign of Richard III. they're so very important, so alive and actual that we will be able to see elements of ourselves in them. yet their international used to be straight away universal and not anything like our own.
during this impressive paintings of old reconstruction Neil MacGregor and his group on the British Museum, operating jointly in a landmark collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare corporation and the BBC, convey us twenty items that seize the essence of Shakespeare’s universe. an ideal supplement to A heritage of the realm in a hundred Objects, MacGregor’s landmark New York Times bestseller, Shakespeare’s stressed World highlights a turning element in human history.
This outstanding ebook, illustrated all through with multiple hundred vivid colour pictures, invitations you to go back and forth again in historical past and to the touch, odor, and think what existence used to be like at that pivotal second, whilst humankind leaped into the trendy age. This was once a thrilling time whilst discoveries in technology and know-how altered the parameters of the recognized global. Sir Francis Drake’s circumnavigation map permits us to visualize the age of exploration from the perspective of 1 of its so much formidable navigators. A bishop’s cup captures the main sacred and divisive act in Christendom.
With A background of the area in a hundred Objects, MacGregor pioneered a brand new means of telling heritage via artifacts. Now he trains his eye toward domestic, on an issue that has mesmerized him considering the fact that youth, and we could us see Shakespeare and his international in an entire new mild.
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Shakespeare's Restless World: A Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects by Neil MacGregor