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Praise for the previous edition: "So well written is this book that one does not need a purpose to pursue it. Even so, it makes excellent background reading for all of the Shakespearean history plays."--New York Times Book Review


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Praise for the previous edition: "So well written is this book that one does not need a purpose to pursue it. Even so, it makes excellent background reading for all of the Shakespearean history plays."--New York Times Book Review



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  • File Size: 2054 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (April 20, 2000)
  • Publication Date: April 20, 2000
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00524ZNWE
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By Timothy Haugh VINE VOICE on April 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I think I would have enjoyed this book more had I not read Norwich's book on Shakespeare's kings before I read this one. Norwich did a much better job of going through the history and, in particular, of comparing the history to Shakespeare's plays. Plus, Norwich's writing was much more vivid and engaging.
On the other hand, Saccio does a very good job of going through the history of Shakespeare's kings in a logical manner. He does not waste words and presents a story that is quick and easy to digest. Like Norwich, Saccio focuses mainly on the kings from Richard II through Henrys IV, V, and VI to Richard III. Unlike Norwich, however, Saccio also discusses King John and Henry VIII.
For anyone who is interested in knowing what really went on in the lives of these Shakespearean kings, this book is an excellent tool. Saccio points out some of the most important fallacies in the plays and is fair in presenting honest assessments of the realities of these characters even when they conflict with the dynamic images drawn by the Bard. This second edition also has a nice afterward that comments on some of the Shakespearean scholarship of the past 25 years. It is a worthwhile read.
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Format: Paperback
Shakespeare, more than any professional historian, is responsible for the way we think about the English Plantagenet kings. As Peter Saccio argues, "It is he who has etched upon the common memory the graceful fecklessness of Richard II, the exuberant heroism of Henry V, the dazzling villainy of Richard III."
We recognize that Shakespeare created plays for entertainment, not tutorials for history lessons. But somehow Shakespeare's English kings seem so authentic, so much more real than the kings of history texts. And recent historical research and reinterpretation now indicates that Shakespeare's characterizations indeed appear more accurate than we had previously realized. Saccio states, "Shakespeare knew how his late medieval characters looked at things."
Dr. Saccio (Dartmouth College) has created a delightful book that explores how Shakespeare's imagination and actual history are tightly intertwined. He examines history as understood at the time of Shakespeare, as we understand English history today, and how Shakespeare knowingly revised history for dramatic impact.
Saccio's style is very engaging. This book is not only a guide to more fully appreciating Shakespeare's plays, but it is also an enjoyable look at English history. I highly recommend this book for all readers - those new to Shakespeare's histories and those quite familiar with Shakespeare's English kings.
I previously reviewed Desmond Seward's "The Hundred Years War, the English in France, 1337-1453" and suggested that it would serve as a useful background for understanding Henry V. I still recommend reading Seward's book and I still believe that a four star rating is appropriate. I only wish now that I could give Saccio's "Shakespeare's English Kings" more than five stars. I cannot recommend it too highly.
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Great book for those looking to get a quick background on the historical events behind Shakespeare's History Plays. Saccio covers all the major points in each King's life and contrasts them very well against Shakespeare's dramatic choices. Presents a wonderful starting point for anyone interested in medieval English history and Shakespeare without tons of time or resources to dedicate. Perfect for students. A must in any Shakesperean enthusiast's library.
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I have been recommending this book for years. Informative, insightful, and entertaining, this book is a must-read for English majors and Shakespeare fans. Saccio does a marvelous job of putting the English history plays in the context of the contemporary understanding of the events and people Shakespeare portrayed, with a discussion of the primary source texts. Along with this, the book examines the political situation of Shakespeare's own day, with which Shakepeare's audience would find parallels to the events of the plays. Saccio also addresses the more recent understandings of the underlying historical events. While the book is offers a detailed and knowledgeable analysis, it is accessible and engaging for a casual reader. Saccio as an essayist is second only to Saccio as a professor!
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Format: Hardcover
Peter Saccio's Shakespeare's English Kings is a concise, balanced review of the history behind the kings referred to in Shakespeare's Canon. Each of the kings (plus other important figures) receives coverage so that the reader has a good understanding for the background for each of the 10 history plays. Shakespeare had limited historical references (mostly Holinshed), and he was biased at times by the need to curry to Tutor propaganda (especially in Richard III). Saccio explains this with good research, ably explained. Serious students would benefit from reading this book, as would the casual theater buff. A good book.
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Too often one's enjoyment of Shakespeare's History plays is muddied up by the fact that so much of the history is not taught in schools, and even when it is, it is not at the depth that one needs to get the full enjoyment from the plays. Peter Saccio has easily solved that problem with "Shakespeare's English Kings". This is a wonderful, erudite, concise, and easy to follow text that clears up the actual history behind Shakespeare's dramatizations. It also serves as an excellent guide to a period of English history that more and more people know less and less about.
Mr. Saccio has written a book that does not read as an academic text, but instead reads as a colloquial history lesson. This makes it more accessible, and is a great strength of the text. Another plus is the book's organization. After an intro that explains necessary background and other details, the book is arranged by monarch, with each king's reign getting a chapter. The text is arranged in historical order, starting with the reign of Richard II, as it is this play which Shakespeare uses to start the history cycle. Saccio then takes the reader up through the end of the Plantagenet line (I actually know what that means now) with Richard III. He also devotes a chapter to the two Shakespeare history plays that do not fall into the chronology, "King John" and "Henry VIII". The chapters examine the history as we know it, the history as Shakespeare knew it through his sources, differences between the two, and how the Bard incorporated the history he does use into his works.
Saccio himself tells the reader you can read the text all the way through as a coherent unified book (as I did) or you can read the chapter dealing with the play of Shakespeare's that you are interested in.
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