ENGB32 Lecture Notes - Memorial Reconstruction, First Folio, Hamlet Q1

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Morality play (medieval tradition virtue vs. vice) Tudor dynasty and the tudor myth: war of the roses (lancastrians (red rose) vs. yorks (white rose, key figures: henry, earl of richmond defeats richard iii at the battle of. Bosworth field (1485: crowned henry vii until 1509, grandfather of queen elizabeth i. Sources for shakespeare s play: thomas more, history of king richard the third c. 1513, raphael holinshed the chronicles of england, scotland, and ireland 1577, revised 1587. Quarto version: the tragedy of king richard iii : 1st folio re-titled life and death of richard iii . Principle literary sources shakespeare used: the complex history of king richard the third by thomas more (1513: ralph holinshed: the chronicles of england, scotland, ireland (1577, revised in 1587) 1st performed in 1592 or 1593 (performed 5 times in shakespeare s life) Shakespeare wrote 8 historical plays (based on english kings)

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