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By Peter Hyland

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Peter Hyland offers a hugely readable account of the old, social and political pressures of Shakespeare's England and the cloth stipulations lower than which his performs have been written, together with a finished description of the improvement and standing of the theatrical occupation. 1/2 the e-book is given over to a survey of the performs and examines a number of debatable matters that come up after we ask accurately what we will 'know' approximately them. when you are daunted through the amount or the impenetrable prose of a lot fresh writing on Shakespeare, Hyland's publication should be a stimulating creation.

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I count religion but a childish toy And hold there is no sin but ignorance. (5-9, 14-15) 18 In Elizabethan England Machiavelli's disturbing ideas caused him to lead a double life, as a serious political analyst and as the theatrical bogey-man termed the 'machiavel'. All these disturbing ideas - the cracking of the rigidity of feudal order, the discovery that the individual might have a self beyond his limited function in a hierarchical system, the interrogation of long-held certainties by sceptical and empirical perspectives - threatened to disrupt the supposed order of things.

Life and Times 23 VIII was well aware of the fragility of human life, for his older brother Arthur, who should have succeeded Henry VII, had died in 1502. Shortly after Henry's coronation he married Arthur's widow, Catherine of Aragon. This was largely because of pressure from his father, who wanted to maintain the ties with Spain, as well as the dowry that came with Catherine. Their marriage had caused deep discomfort within the Church because of the Biblical prohibition of the marriage of a man to his brother's widow, and a papal dispensation had been necessary.

Smallpox too was frequently epidemic; in 1562 the queen herself almost died of it. The crowding that encouraged the spread of disease was also the source of much of the dangerous excitement of Shakespeare's London. The noble, or the fashionable 'gallant', or the respectable citizen who ventured out into the streets joined a vital throng of tradesmen and pedlars, street-boys and apprentices, prostitutes and unemployed soldiers. It was often difficult to find passage, and the unwary might fall victim to tricksters or cutpurses, or find themselves drawn into brawls.

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