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Shakespeare and the Remains of Richard III

Philip Schwyzer


This book explores how recollections and traces of the reign of Richard III survived a century and more to influence the world and work of William Shakespeare. In Richard III, Shakespeare depicts an era that had only recently passed beyond the horizon of living memory. The years between Shakespeare’s birth in 1564 and the composition of the play in the early 1590s would have seen the deaths of the last witnesses to Richard’s reign. Yet even after the extinction of memory, traces of the Yorkist era abounded in Elizabethan England—traces in the forms of material artefacts and buildings, popular ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Richard III, memory, temporality, material culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199676101
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199676101.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Schwyzer, author
Professor of Renaissance Literature, University of Exeter