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William Shakespeare: History in an Hour

Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
Categories: History, British
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Summary

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

In a writing career that spanned over twenty years during the explosion of poetic and theatrical creativity of late Elizabethan and early Jacobean periods, William Shakespeare produced a body of work that has become the bedrock of human thought, literature and language in English.

His poetry and plays have endured for almost 450 years, such is their universal appeal and understanding of the human condition. And yet Shakespeare wrote almost nothing of himself.

Who was this socially ambitious wordsmith who had neither pedigree nor university education? What was his family life like? How did he work?

Shakespeare: History in an Hour is the essential guide to the life of Shakespeare, his relationships, colleagues and his breathtaking works.

From the Elizabethan world to which he was born, to the theorists and critics that continue to debate him to this day, this is the story of the most revered writer of all time.

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour…

©2013 Sinead Fitzgibbon (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past." (Dominic Sandbrook)
"The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History In an Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age. Colley writes in an attractively readable style, and manages to convey the huge story that is WWII in a logical and accessible manner" (Andrew Roberts, Bookseller)
"This is genius" ( MacWorld.com)

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It's amazing...

How little we really know about the Bard. His life is a threadbare patchwork, more defined by what we don't know than what we do. This was a fascinating listen, well narrated by JK.

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well reserached

love this book nice little read with facts that may surptize you as it did me