Shakespeare’s Early History Plays

Politics at Play on the Elizabethan Stage

  • Donald G. Watson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 158-177

About this book


This study examines the early history plays - the first tetralogy and "King John" - as plays, not only by analyzing their theatrical dimensions but also be connecting their staging with the playhouse as a social institution and with the theatricality of Elizabethan culture in the 1590s.


comedy culture drama history history of literature language play politics theatre William Shakespeare

Authors and affiliations

  • Donald G. Watson
    • 1
  1. 1.Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1990
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Literature & Performing Arts Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-11037-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-11035-3
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