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From the Romans to the Normans on the English Renaissance Stage

By Lisa Hopkins

From the Romans to the Normans on the English Renaissance Stage
Hardback, 224 pages £70.00
Published: 2017
ISBN: 9781580442794
Format: 233mm x 155mm
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Subjects: Medieval Institute Publications, Performance, Renaissance Studies
Series: Early Drama, Art, and Music Monograph

This book examines the late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century engagement with a crucial part of Britain's past, the period between the withdrawal of the Roman legions and the Norman Conquest. A number of early modern plays suggest an underlying continuity, an essential English identity linked to the land and impervious to change. This book considers the extent to which ideas about early modern English and British national, religious, and political identities were rooted in cultural constructions of the pre-Conquest past.

Introduction Part One: Legacies "Bisson Conspectuities": Language and National Identity in Shakespeare's Roman Plays Profit and Delight? Magic and the Dreams of a Nation "A Borrowed Blood for Brute": From Britain to England Part Two: Ancestors and Others Queens and the British History Dido in Denmark: Danes and Saxons on the Early Modern English Stage Valiant Welshwomen: When Britain Came Back Athelstan, the Virgin King Conclusion Works Cited

"In the context of Brexit, as the rethinking of Europe and its borders is very much part of an enterprise bound up with memory of conquest, empire, and independence, this is a book that will get students reading, critics thinking, and people talking." Willy Maley, University of Glasgow

Lisa Hopkins is Professor of English at Sheffield Hallam University. She is co-editor of Shakespeare, the journal of the British Shakespeare Association, and of the Arden Early Modern Drama Guides.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 224 pages
 233mm x 155mm

BIC Code:
  HIS037020, LIT019000, PER011020
 Medieval Institute Publications


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