‘This jarring discord of nobility’: Shakespeare among the courtiers.

Dryden, Anne (2017) ‘This jarring discord of nobility’: Shakespeare among the courtiers. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

he purpose of this dissertation is to situate Shakespeare among the fractious late Elizabethan and early Jacobean courtiers. It argues that greatness was no shield against downfall and shows the risk he was exposed to as a result of his connections with the nobility. It examines these connections through the lens of two attempts at rebellion. Firstly, during the reign of Elizabeth I, the Essex Rising of 1601, and then at the court of her successor James I, the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. It considers to what extent the contemporary parallels drawn by the Elizabethans from his play Richard II exposed him as a supporter of Essex, and how he used topical allusions in Macbeth to maintain favour with James I. The argument is supported by citations from original correspondence, and the Calendar of State Papers, as well as the insights and interpretations of eminent historians and scholars of Shakespeare. All quotations from the plays of William Shakespeare are taken from The Norton Shakespeare, 2016 edition.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) English Literature
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Departments > English and Creative Writing
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Wendy Ellison
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2017 10:20
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2017 10:20
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/3082

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