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Shakespeare and the Remains of Richard III$
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Philip Schwyzer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199676101

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199676101.001.0001

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Lees and Moonshine

Lees and Moonshine

Memory and Oral Tradition

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Shakespeare and the Remains of Richard III

Philip Schwyzer

Oxford University Press

Not long after Shakespeare’s birth in 1564, the last witnesses to the reign of Richard III would have reached the end of their lives. Richard III (c.1592) occupies a distinctive historical moment in relation to its subject, the period after the extinction of living memory, but still within the horizon of secondhand or communicative memory. This chapter explores how memories and post-memories of Richard’s reign were preserved, transmitted, and transformed over the course of the sixteenth century and into the seventeenth. These memories remained distinct from, and sometimes at odds with, textual history. They survived because they offered their bearers a resource for interpreting and resisting the predicaments of the present, from the problem of tyranny to the legacies of the Reformation.

Keywords:   memory, post-memory, oral tradition, Reformation

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