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The interpretation of history mattered to Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Not only did the legitimacy of the Elizabethan regime under which they lived depend on a very particular reading of history, but retelling stories about the political past was a recognized way of talking obliquely about the political present. We will look closely at two of Shakespeare's plays, Richard II and Henry V, asking what interpretation they make of history, and what they have to say about the ways in which history is shaped by interpretation, not only in retrospect but at the very time when it is being made.

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Course dates

17 Apr 2017 to 04 Jun 2017

Course duration

7 week(s)
This course is completed entirely online.

Course fee

£240

Venue

Online

Qualifications / Credits

Non-accredited

Course code

1617NOE028