Want some more History and get to watch some telly at the same time? Go on, you know you do!

You may have already have noticed this exellent series on BBC4 ‘The King and the Playwright ~ a Jacobean History’ but if not you shoudl really give it a view ~ it is looking at Shakespeare under King James rather than Elizabeth and how the poilitical uncertainities of the time were reflected in the nature of Shakespeare’s plays. There are some draw-backs to the series in that it is presented by an American academic (nothing wrong with that in itself let me add) but it does lead to some American rather than English pronounciations (listen out in particular for his pronounciation of ‘Tudor dynasty’). That said, it is facinating stuff and well worth an hour or two of your leisure time.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00qhsr7/The_King_and_the_Playwright_A_Jacobean_History_Incertainties/

 

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