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Shakespeares Settings and a Sense of Place

Shakespeares Settings and a Sense of Place

Ralph Berry


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Shakespeare’s use of location governs his dramas. Some he was personally familiar with, like Windsor; some he knew through his imagination, like Kronborg Castle (‘Elsinore’); some matter because Shakespeare’s plays were performed there, like Hampton Court and the Great Hall of the Middle Temple. Shakespeare’s plays are powerfully shaped by their sense of place, and the location becomes an unacknowledged actor. This book is about the locations that he used for his plays, each of which the author has visited, and the result presents the reader with a sense of those places that Shakespeare knew either through direct personal contact or through his imaginative re-interpretation of the scene.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover Front Cover
Title Page iii
Copyright iv
Contents v
Acknowledgements vii
List of Illustrations ix
Introduction xi
1. Shakespeare’s Elsinore 1
2. Elsinore Revisited 11
3. Shakespeare at the Middle Temple 19
4. Haddon Hall and the Catholic Network 29
5. Ephesus and The Comedy of Errors 41
6. Shakespeare’s Venice 49
7. Hampton Court Palace and Whitehall 59
8. Windsor and The Merry Wives 67
9. Richard III’s England 73
10. Falstaff ’s Tavern 79
11. Jonson’s London 85
12. Ben Jonson at Althorp: Memoir of a Royal Visit 89
Index 95