The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Vol. 17 of 20: With a Life of the Poet, Explanatory Foot-Notes, Critical Notes, and a Glossarial Index (Classic Reprint) by William Shakespeare (Paperback / softback, 2017)
Excerpt from The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Vol. 17 of 20: With a Life of the Poet, Explanatory Foot-Notes, Critical Notes, and a Glossarial Index The story of Macbeth, as it lived in tradition, had been told by Holinshed, whose Clzronz'cles first appeared in 1577, and by George Buchanan, the learned preceptor of james the First, who has been termed the Scotch Livy, and whose History of Seal/and came forth in 1582. The main features of the story, so far as it is adopted by the Poet, are the same in both these writers, save that Buchanan represents Macbeth to have merely dreamed of meeting the Weird Sisters, and of being hailed by them success ively as Thane of Angus, Thane of Murray, and as King. Holin shed was Shakespeare's usual authority in matters of British history. In the present case the Poet shows traces of obli gation to Buchanan, unless, which is barely possible, he may have taken a hint from the historian, where the latter, speaking of Macbeth's reign, says, Certain of our writers here relate many idle things which I omit, as being fitter for Milesian fables or for Me tlzealre than for sober history. A passage which, as showing the author's care for the truth of what he wrote, perhaps should make us wary of trusting too much in later writers, who would have us believe that, a war of factions breaking out, Duncan was killed in battle, and Macbeth took the crown by just and lawful title. And it is considerable that both Hume and Lingard acquiesce in the old account which represents Macbeth to have murdered Duncan, and usurped the throne. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.