Shakespeare's Kings

John Julius Norwich
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ISBN 9780571340255 Format Paperback
Published 03/05/2018 Length 512 pages

About Book

In a sparkling, fast-paced narrative, Shakespeare’s Kings chronicles the turbulent events that inspired Shakespeare’s history plays, from Edward III to Richard III. In a time of uncertainty and incessant warfare – when the crown was constantly contested, alliances were made and broken, and the people rose up in revolt – this was the raw material that inspired Shakespeare’s dramas. But what really happened between 1337 and 1485? Where did history stop and drama begin? John Julius Norwich establishes just how real Shakespeare’s characters and events are and what liberties he took with the facts to entertain his audience. Shakespeare’s Kings is an illuminating companion to history and to the richness of Shakespeare’s imagination, with a body of work which still shapes our view of the past today.
  • About John Julius Norwich

    John Julius Norwich was born in 1929. He joined the British Foreign Service after studying French and Russian at Oxford, and left the service in 1964 to become a writer. He has also worked extensively in radio and television, hosting the popular BBC radio panel game My Word! for several years, and writing and presenting historical documentaries. His many books include an acclaimed Byzantium trilogy.

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