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Shakespeares Restless World ➽ Shakespeares Restless World Download ➺ Author Neil MacGregor – The New York Times bestselling author of A History of the World in 100 Objects brings the world of Shakespeare and the Tudor era of Elizabeth I into focus We feel we know Shakespeare’s characters Th The New York Times bestselling author of A History of the World in Objects brings the world of Shakespeare and the Tudor era of Elizabeth I into focus We feel we know Shakespeare’s characters Think of Hamlet trapped in indecision or Macbeth’s merciless and ultimately self destructive ambition or the Machiavellian rise and short reign of Richard III They are so vital so alive and real that we can see aspects of ourselves in them But their world was at once familiar and nothing Shakespeares Restless eBook Ö like our own In this brilliant work of historical reconstruction Neil MacGregor and his team at the British Museum working together in a landmark collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC bring us twenty objects that capture the essence of Shakespeare’s universe A perfect complement to A History of the World in Objects MacGregor’s landmark New York Times bestseller Shakespeare’s Restless World highlights a turning point in human history This magnificent book illustrated throughout with than one hundred vibrant color photographs invites you to travel back in history and to touch smell and feel what life was like at that pivotal moment when humankind leaped into the modern age This was an exhilarating time when discoveries in science and technology altered the parameters of the known world Sir Francis Drake’s circumnavigation map allows us to imagine the age of exploration from the point of view of one of its most ambitious navigators A bishop’s cup captures the most sacred and divisive act in Christendom With A History of the World in Objects MacGregor pioneered a new way of telling history through artifacts Now he trains his eye closer to home on a subject that has mesmerized him since childhood and lets us see Shakespeare and his world in a whole new light.

About the Author: Neil MacGregor

Neil MacGregor was born in Glasgow to two doctors Alexander and Anna MacGregor At the age of nine he first saw Salvador Dalí's Christ of Saint John of the Cross newly acuired by Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery which had a profound effect on him and sparked his lifelong interest in art MacGregor was educated at Glasgow Academy and then read modern languages at New College Oxford where he.

10 thoughts on “Shakespeares Restless World

  1. Lisa Lisa says:

    “All the world’s a stage”And all senses are involved in this reading experience of the colourful noisy world of Shakespearean times if you take the time both to read the book and listen to the BBC radio show I would highly recommend it actually even though the content is almost identical Listening to the radio with added background sounds and different narrator voices is very rewarding and makes the Shakespeare uotes come alive with the speakers I would probably not have bought the book after listening to the whole show if I hadn’t come across a beautiful unread copy secondhand which was signed by the author That temptation was too big of course and I did not regret my choice After the auditive pleasure of the first experience I now enjoyed the illustrations of the print version just as much as the easily flowing captivating proseI found myself reading the whole book word for word as well because it just blew me away It will not contain anything new about Shakespeare’s plays for literature scholars But for lovers of art literature and history it is an amazing treasure chest full of artefacts symbolising the world that Shakespeare drew from for his plays Neil MacGregor excels at describing small objects in a wider context and at making time stand still for a uarter of an hour while he explores the world as seen through the lense of the things human beings make use and keep The reader is invited to wander the streets of London around 1600 and to step into the shoes of the people who filled the theatres of the Southbank one of which was Shakespeare’s Globe Almost as if by accident the history of the time is explained and shown not only through the chosen objects but through the unforgettable lines of Shakespeare’s plays as well It seems effortless but illustrates MacGregor’s vast and deep knowledge of the period The book concludes with an emotional connection to our world of today showing the effect of Shakespeare’s plays on people around the world in various different situations A touching anecdote of Marcel Reich Ranicki’s Shakespearean uote during a time of utter stress in the Warsaw Ghetto demonstrates the development of Shakespearean words moving from local Elizabethan stages in England in 1600 to become universal collections of stories for all the world to admire over 400 years later“For those living the dark moments of history as for those exploring the wilder or the sweeter shores of love Shakespeare’s words console inspire illuminate and uestion More simply they capture for us the essence of what it is for us to be restlessly human in a constantly restless world”Recommended to anyone with a passion for Shakespeare history and art

  2. Cheryl Kennedy Cheryl Kennedy says:

    A revelationMacGregor's choice of clocks mirrors and swords opens a door on to the lost world of London's theatregoers in and around 1600The interrogation of these objects yields a seuence of fascinating footnotes to Shakespeare's timeless poetryNeil MacGregor is a world renowned museum director who transformed the British Museum since he took charge in 2002 He is the author of A History of the World in 100 Objects a New York Times bestseller He is the author of Germany Memories of a Nation named Book of the Year by The Times Literary Supplement and a favorite book of mineExample of twenty objects reproduced in MacGregor's workHakluyt Principal Navigations 1599 Shakespeare's reference in Twelfth Night to 'the new map with the augmentation of the Indies'Francis Drake 1580 who is depicted with his hand on a globe to highlight his great featPortrait of David Kindt who was master of the Hamburg painters' guild He painted himself with a watch a new and valuable item In Twelfth Night Malvolio fantasizes about being a rich watch owning gentlemanPlutarch's Lives as translated by Thomas North in either the 1579 or 1595 editions was probably Shakespeare's most important source for his Roman plays especially Julius Caesar 1599The so called First Folio London 1623 was brought together by Shakespeare's colleagues John Heminges and Henry Condell 'onely to keepe the memory of so worthy a Friend Fellow alive'

  3. Bettie Bettie says:

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  4. Sheenagh Pugh Sheenagh Pugh says:

    This book is both the most information and the most fun I have had all year I missed the BBC radio series on which it was based so it was all new to me Basically it takes 20 objects that were current in Shakespeare's time and place from a fork dropped in the theatre through plague proclamations Henry V's armour and a model ship to the hapless designs for a union flag commissioned by King James and uses these objects to illuminate the plays All the way through I was muttering why did I never think of that before? Reading or seeing the plays in isolation from their context one can easily forget that for instance Shakespeare was 16 when Francis Drake circumnavigated the world and that this had generated a fashion for maps and globes that makes the name of his most famous theatre seem a lot topical and relevant than we might have thoughtThe book is full of fascinating and useful information eg the price of admission to the theatre one penny which was the same as the price of admission to see Henry V's armour in Westminster Abbey And the fact that theatre performances and afternoon church services both began at 2pm which explains a lot of church hostility to the theatre It is also having been co produced by BBC Radio and the British Museum as well as the publisher Allen Lane full of fascinating and beautifully produced illustrations of the objects in uestion Strangely enough I didn't find the human eye in a reliuary anywhere near as moving as Henry's battered shabby shield or the fancy fork engraved with its careless owner's initials ANParadoxically the firmness with which the book locates Shakespeare in his own time and place merely emphasises his universal timeless relevance with which the last chapter is rather movingly concerned This book is beautifully produced lavishly illustrated the 20 objects are only the start of it but above all the text is intelligent thoughtful and penetrating giving a genuinely novel and informative angle on the plays Let's never forget that it came about as a result of a radio series by one of the very few broadcasters that would have undertaken such a project The BBC is as much of a cultural asset to our time as Shakespeare was to his; we'd surely miss this kind of enterprise if we didn't have Auntie

  5. Roman Clodia Roman Clodia says:

    The strange potency of thingsIn this book Neil MacGregor director of the British Museum uses a variety of material objects to get under the intellectual skin of the world during Shakespeare's life time and explores the ways in which the plays were deeply grounded in the politics religion culture and material world from which they sprangThis approach in line with current academic thinking implicitly moves us away from the popular idea of Shakespeare as being some kind of extraordinary timeless spirit whose plays float somehow outside of history Instead this focuses on the historicised cultural markers that made the plays as contemporary and current as Private Eye or Have I Got News are for us todayMacGregor isn't seeking to understand Shakespeare the man but to uncover some of the shared communal assumptions that Shakespeare's audiences carried with them into the Globe and other theatres This is a wonderfully generous and inclusive book both erudite and yet accessible

  6. Julie Julie says:

    I would imagine it's agonizingly difficult to choose twenty objects only from a time and place and highlight that era breathe life into the past as it were That being said and acknowledging the limitations MacGregor set for himself this turned out to be uite an interesting little tryst with Shakespeare To be fair this is representative of MacGregor's knowledge of the Shakespeare canon than it is of 17th century England uotidian activity While he provides an interesting analysis of many of the objects there are far too many conjectures to suit the hungry historian in me I would have liked a clear cut distinction between his opinion and the evidence I found there were far too many would havescould haves scenarios In the end they proved annoying and distractingOn my own wish list I would have like it if the photographyplates were better produced The sometimes blurred and indefinite reproductions detracted from the prose in the end I felt myself rushing through it just to get past the images which were becoming bothersomeHaving stated all my detractions I think the BBC production would be a lot of fun to listen to without being distracted by all the little nits built into the book I will admit to being a Shakespeare aficionada and have probably spent far too much time than is good for me perhaps poring over his literature that this picture book had high standards set for it before it ever came into my hands; and so for that I apologize to MacGregor for stepping in with pre conceived notions Still a very worthwhile read I mean it It provides an interesting view of the 17th century that many would never have imagined

  7. Liawèn Liawèn says:

    There is nothing much to say The book is awesome It's written in a great way and I was completely immersed in the world Well I'm a Shakespeare real so no winder I liked the book But it's very interesting and I learned things I didn't know about Elizabethan England through the everyday objects

  8. Ana Ana says:

    This book was so engaging I read it in one train ride and was pleasantly surprised to learn how 16th century England was perceived on a nationally as well as internationally This perception is analysed through important objects retained from that period

  9. Judy Judy says:

    When we read Shakespeare in high school and college this would have made a wonderful companion piece A better understanding of the era would have made the plays come alive For example this is what MacGregor has to say about measuring timep 218 Before 1600 the great majority of clocks had just a single hour hand and the divisions of the hour were judged approximately; so what now looks to us like a conventional clock was in 1598 as for Richard II cutting edge technology It would be another 50 years before minute hands became standardThen he provides several examples from the plays that reference time As a first time reader of Shakespeare that would have given me something to watch no pun intended for while readingSimilarly I hadn't connected Shakespeare with the plague Apparently he was born during one outbreak and managed to survive several later ones During severe outbreaks the king closed the theaters making it difficult for those who wrote and acted to earn a living MacGregor points out that even though the plague was very much a part of every Londoner's life there's minimal reference to the plague in any plays from that time period Maybe Shakespeare and the other writers figured when people wanted to be entertained they didn't need to be reminded of their fearsThese are 2 of the 20 topicsobjects addressed in this book Religion and politics obviously shaped the tone of the times but I found the subtle aspects such as clocks caps and eating utensils to be the most intriguing

  10. Laurel Hicks Laurel Hicks says:

    This book gave me a good concrete feel for Shakespeare’s age and how it may have been manifested in his plays Recommended

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