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Download Shakespeare's Restless World Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (55 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil MacGregor Narrator: Neil MacGrego Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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What was life like for Shakespeare's first audiences? In a time of political and religious unrest and economic expansion, how did Elizabethan play-goers make sense of their changing world? What did the plays mean to the public when they were first performed?

In this fascinating series, Neil MacGregor attempts to answer these questions by examining 20 objects from that turbulent period. There are grand objects such as a communion chalice, a Venetian goblet, and Dr Dee's mirror, as well as everyday items such as a theatregoer's fork and an apprentice's cap. From Drake's circumnavigation medal to an eye relic, he uses these objects to explore the issues that shaped Shakespeare's plays, and considers what they reveal about the concerns and beliefs of Shakespearean England. Speaking to scholars, historians and experts, he discusses the topics raised - everything from exploration and discovery to violence, entertainment, and the plague.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Miranda Ruth | 11/5/2013

    " Terrific book, a worthy companion to his History of the World in 100 objects, and even the seasoned Shakespeare scholar will gain new insights from these perceptive and very readable essays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carey Combe | 2/22/2013

    " So far - so utterly enthralling. A wonderfully original idea. Loving it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paul | 9/5/2012

    " Professor MacGregor paints a vivid and revealing picture of Shakespears audiance through some surprising objects. Superb academically and a fab read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Terry | 8/26/2012

    " Wonderful read that made me look at Shakespeare's plays with entirely new eyes. Totally compelling. "

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