"It is part of Shakespeare's extraordinary contribution to our culture that, through his dramas based on English history, he played a unique part in forming our view of ourselves and our nationhood. From King John, in which through Magna Carta the king's absolute power was first limited and the people's freedoms assured, to - almost in his own lifetime - Henry VIII, Shakespeare wrote a Series of ten plays portraying the course of history. It represents almost one third of his entire dramatic output. The overarching theme of these plays is the vital importance of the sovereign's legitimacy if the nation is to be stable. They cover revolutionary times and events - the deposition and murder of Richard II, the Wars of the Roses, the usurping of the throne by Richard III - but they always affirm the principle that a legitimate king, circumscribed by an agreed constitution, is the only proper guarantee of the nation's liberties."
SZÉPIRODALOM / Angol irodalom kategória termékei
William Shakespeare: The History Plays: An Illustrated Edition
446 p., ill.