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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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This short course is an opportunity to study and discuss perhaps the major political issue in Shakespeare’s dramatic writing: the nature of monarchy. How was it understood, and how was it justified as an institution? What made a good monarch, and how far did a subject’s duties extend to a bad one? Shakespeare wrote for Elizabeth I and performed for James I as one of the King’s Men. Our focus will be the dramatic presentation of the politics of monarchy in his work. It will be useful to have read Julius Caesar and Richard II in advance of the course, and other plays, including HamletKing Henry IV Part I and Macbeth will be referred to as appropriate.

Course tutor: Sean McEvoy
Dr Sean McEvoy is a Bye Fellow in English at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, where he currently teaches early modern drama and Tragedy.

Please note that this course is held remotely via live and interactive Zoom sessions. Sessions are delivered in BST (British Summer Time)



Virtual Classroom

This course takes place online using the teleconferencing software ZOOM.

If you have any queries about the software or accessing the course, please email the Lifelong Learning team:

Course dates

26 Jun 2021 to 27 Jun 2021

Course duration

2-3 days

Apply by

21 Jun 2021

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

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