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Shakespeare History Plays

This topic guide is designed to assist students in Mr. Rafalowski's ENGL 2210 with writing about William Shakespeare's Historical Plays.

Finding Journal Articles About Historical Plays

Historical Background on Shakespeare

Books on Shakespeare's Kings

Shakespeare's English Kings

Far more than any professional historian, Shakespeare is responsible for whatever notions most of us possess about English medieval history. Anyone who appreciates the dramatic action of Shakespeare's history plays but is confused by much of the historical detail will welcome this guide to the Richards, Edwards, Henrys, Warwicks, and Norfolks who ruled and fought across Shakespeare's page and stage.

Shakespeare and Renaissance Politics

This study examines Shakespeare's drama and poetry in terms of contemporary political writings dealing with the constitution, the role of the monarchy, parliament, the lessons of English history, and other relevant topics.

Plantagenet England 1225-1360

In this thorough and illuminating work, Michael Prestwich provides a comprehensive study of Plantagenet England, a dramatic and turbulent period that saw many changes. In politics, it saw Simon de Montfort's challenge to the crown in Henry II's reign and it witnessed the deposition of Edward I. In contrast, it also saw the highly successful rules of Edward I and his grandson, Edward III. Political institutions were transformed with the development of parliament and war was a dominant theme: Wales was conquered and the Scottish Wars of Independence started in Edward I's reign, and under Edward III there were triumphs at Crécy and Poitiers. Outside of politics, English society was developing a structure, from the great magnates at the top to the peasantry at the bottom.

The Plantagenets

Available for checkout at the JSCC Jackson Campus.
The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this history, Jones resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world.

The Rise of Alchemy in Fourteenth-Century England

The first book to explore the importance of alchemy and its links to the occult in the period between 1320 and 1400.

Shakespeare's Stage Traffic: Imitation, Borrowing and Competition in Renaissance Theatre

Each chapter focuses on specific plays and examines the networks of influence, exchange, and competition that characterized stage traffic between playwrights, including Marlowe, Jonson, and Fletcher. Overall, the book addresses multiple perspectives relating to authorship and text, performance, and reception.

Interlibrary Loan

If you need a book  or an article that the Jackson State Community College Library doesn't own, please contact Scott Cohen at 731-424-3520 ext. 52615 or by email at scohen@jscc.eduProvide him with the author, title, date of publication and publisher. for a book. For an article in a journal or magazine, provide him the name of the journal or magazine, the date of the journal or magazine, the title of the article and the pages on which the article appears.

The Library will then ask another library to loan us the book or send a scanned copy of the article..  We use the Online College Library Center to connect us to most academic libraries in the country.

It takes about 2 weeks for a book to be sent here from another library and about a week for a copy of an article.