SHAKESPEARE AND THE COUNTESS:


SHAKESPEARE AND THE COUNTESS:

CHRIS LAOUTARIS    Book Number: 83192    Product format: Hardback

Named one of the Best Books of 2014 by the Telegraph and Observer, Shakespeare Institute lecturer Chris Laoutaris gives us a remarkable new perspective on the life and fortunes of William Shakespeare. In November 1596 the Bard's career was very nearly ended by a woman with a vendetta against him. Though forgotten today, Elizabeth Russell was never far from controversy when she was alive; she sparked numerous riots and indulged in bribery, break-ins, kidnapping and armed combat. Lady Elizabeth Russell, the self-styled Dowager Countess of Bedford, has been edited out of public memory, yet the chain of events she set in motion would make Shakespeare the legendary figure we all know today. Lady Elizabeth's extraordinary life made her one of the most formidable women of the Renaissance. The daughter of King Edward VI's tutor, she blazed a trail across Elizabethan England as an intellectual and radical Protestant. In November 1596, she became the leader of a movement aimed at destroying William Shakespeare's theatrical troupe, a plot that resulted in the closure of the Blackfriars Theatre but the construction, instead, of the Globe. In exploring the life of this extraordinary woman, Laoutaris explains why she waged war with Shakespeare, and how events she set in motion led inadvertently to the creation of the Globe Theatre. Providing new pieces to this puzzle, this rousing history reveals for the first time this startling battle against Shakespeare and the Lord Chamberlain's Men. 528 pages. Apologies for remainder mark. Illus.
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