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- DescriptionAlthough the question of Machiavellian influence on Shakespeare has been thoroughly debated, this book represents the first attempt to compare the two authors in detail. The playwright and the political philosopher share a common ground, a fascination with the motives and morality of political action, which makes for remarkable similarities in their presentation of the subject. In his deploying of the argument, the author of Il Principe emerges as a dramatic writer, like his English counterpart. The book, while taking in an obvious 'Machiavel' figure such as Richard III, considers Machiavelli in relation to Shakespeare's depiction of more conventionally ble princes such as Henry V, together with other monarchs from the Henriad - Richard II and Henry IV - as well as King John. Though the Shakespearean focus falls on the histories, tragic heroes such as Hamlet and Macbeth also receive attention. The study concludes with two chapters on the Roman plays and assesses Shakespeare's representation of the problem of conscience (Julius Caesar) and magnanimity (Antony and Cleopatra) in the light of Machiavelli's republicanism. JOHN ROE is Senior Lecturer at the University of York.
- Author BiographyJohn Roe is Senior Lecturer at the University of York.
- Author(s)John Roe
- PublisherBoydell & Brewer Ltd
- Date of Publication01/03/2002
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleStudies in Renaissance Literature
- Series Part/Volume NumberVolume 9
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- First Published2002
- ImprintD.S. Brewer
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight507 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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