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Shakespeare's Early History Plays: From Chronicle to Stage

Dominique Goy-Blanquet


Like many of his fellow playwrights, Shakespeare turned to national history for inspiration. This study provides a close comparison of the Henry VI plays and Richard III with their historical and theatrical sources, demonstrating how Shakespeare was able to meet not only the ideological but also the technical problems of turning history into drama, how by cutting, carving, shaping, casting his unwieldy material into performable plays, he matured into the most influential dramatist and historian of his time. Recent criticism of Shakespeare's history plays has often consisted of fierce arguments ... More

Keywords: national history, Henry VI plays, Richard III, drama, dramatist, technical problems, heavy narratives, performable plays, political texture, historiographical contexts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198119876
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119876.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominique Goy-Blanquet, author
Professor of Elizabethan Theatre, University of Picardie