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Macbeth: Texts and Contexts (Bedford Shakespeare Series)

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Publisher Comments:

This teaching edition of Shakespeares Macbeth reprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by six sets of primary documents and illustrations thematically arranged to offer a richly textured understanding of early modern culture and Shakespeares work within that culture. The texts include facsimiles of period documents, excerpts from King Jamess writings on politics, contemporary writings on the nature of kingship and tyrannicide, Puritan and Catholic tracts, conduct book literature, and contemporary witchcraft pamphlets.

Synopsis:

'Macbeth' is a tragedy, one of eleven that Shakespeare wrote. Like other tragedies, this one centers on a prominent person who after a significant struggle, suffers defeat. In this defeat the person achieves heroic stature. 'Macbeth' has been a favorite of readers, theatre-goers, and actors for almost four hundred years and is considered one of the best of Shakespeare's plays.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 369-377) and index.

Table of Contents

  About the Series

  About This Volume

  List of Illustrations

    

  Introduction

    

PART ONE: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, MACBETH (EDITED BY DAVID BEVINGTON)

    

PART TWO: CULTURAL CONTEXTS

    

  1. Representations of Macbeth

    Early Narratives

       John Major, From A History of Greater Britain

       George Buchanan, From History of Scotland

       Raphael Holinshed, From The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland

    The Cultural Afterlife of Shakespeare's Macbeth

       Simon Forman, From Book of Plays

       Thomas Middleton, From The Witch

       From "The Story of Macbeth," in A Collection of Divers and Remarkable Stories

       Sir William Davenant, From Macbeth, A Tragedy

       Thomas Duffett, Epilogue to The Empress of Morocco

    

  2. Discourses of Sovereignty

    The Succession Controversy

       R. Doleman [Robert Parsons], From A Conference about the Next Succession to the Crown of England

       Henry Constable, From A Discovery of a Counterfeit Conference

       Sir John Hayward, From An Answer to the First Part of a Certain Conference

       From Succession Act

    The Jacobean Theory of Kingship

       King James I, From Basilikon Doron

       King James I, From The True Law of Free Monarchies

       King James I, From A Speech to the Lords and Commons of the Parliament at Whitehall

       Sir Robert Filmer, From Patriarcha: Or the Natural Power of Kings

    Royal Charisma and the King's Touch

       William Tooker, From The Divine Power or Gift of Healing

       William Clowes, From A Right Fruitful and Approved Treatise

       John Howson, From A Sermon Preached at St. Mary's in Oxford, the 17. Day of November, 1602

    

  3. Treason and Resistance

    Resistance in Theory

       John Ponet, From A Short Treatise of Politic Power

       From An Homily against Disobedience and Willfull Rebellion

       George Buchanan, From The Powers of the Crown in Scotland

       Philippe du Plessis Mornay, From A Defense of Liberty against Tyrants

    Resistance in Action

       Nicolo Molin, Reports to the Doge and Senate

       King James I, From A Speech to Parliament

    Equivocation

       Sir Edward Coke, From Speech at the Trial of Father Henry Garnet

       Henry Garnet, From A Treatise of Equivocation

       Robert Parsons, From A Treatise Tending to Mitigation towards Catholic Subjects in England

    

  4. The Cultural Construction of Scotland

    William Harrison, From The Description of Scotland

    William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act I, Scene 2

    Sir Thomas Craig, From A Treatise on the Union of the British Realms

    Fynes Moryson, From An Itinerary

    Sir Anthony Weldon, From A Perfect Description of the People and Country of Scotland

    John Taylor, From The Penniless Pilgrimage, Or the Moneyless Perambulation

    

  5. Witchcraft and Prophecy

    Discourses of Witchcraft

       Reginald Scot, From The Discovery of Witchcraft

       George Gifford, From A Dialogue Concerning Witches and Witchcrafts

       News from Scotland

       King James I, From Daemonology, In Form of a Dialogue

       An Act against Conjuration, Witchcraft, and Dealing with Evil and Wicked Spirits

    Prophecy

       From An Act against Fond and Fantastical Prophecies

       Henry Howard, From A Defensative against the Poison of Supposed Prophecies

       Reginald Scot, From The Discovery of Witchcraft

       William Perkins, From A Discourse of the Damned Art of Witchcraft

       Michel de Montaigne, From Of Prognostications

       Francis Bacon, From Of Prophecies

    

  6. Discources of the Feminine

    Reginald Scot, From The Discovery of Witchcraft

    Philip Barrough, From The Method of Physic

    Edmund Jorden, From A Brief Discourse of a Disease Called the Suffocation of the Mother

    John Sadler, From The Sick Woman's Private Looking-Glass

    Helkiah Crooke,, From Microcosmographia: A Description of the Body of Man

    Elizabeth Clinton, From The Countess of Lincoln's Nursery

    James Guillimeau, From Childbirth, Or the Happy Delivery of Women

    

  Bibliography

    

  Index

    

    

ILLUSTRATIONS

    1. Genealogy of the Kings of England and Scotland at the Time of the Play

    2. The English Succession

    3. The Scottish Succession

    4. Genealogy og the Scottish Descent from Banquo by John Leslie

    5. "Sergeant at Arms, Slain by Rebels," Woodcut from Raphael Holinshed's Cronicles, 1577

    6. "Macdonwald Slayeth His Wife and Children, and Lastly Himself," Woodcut from Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles

    7. "Macbeth, Banquo, and the Three Weird Sisters," Woodcut from Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles

    8. "Macbeth Upsurpeth ther Crown, ," Woodcut from Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles

    9. Genealogy of the Contemporary Scottish Decent by John Leslie

    10. Genealogy of the English Decent by Robert Parsons

    11. King James VI and I in 1605, Attributed to John de Critz the Elder

    12. Page in James's Handwriting from the Manuscript of Basilikon Doron

    13. Frontispiece to the Collected Works of King James, 1616

    14. Frontispiece to Mischief's Murphy, John Vicar's 1617 Account of the Gunpowder Plot

    15. Key Gunpowder Plot Conspirators and Their Fates, from a Dutch Engraving

    16. England Buffeted by Enemies, from John Vicars's Mischief's Mystery

    17. "The Execution of the Gunpowder Plot Conspirators," a Print by Nicholas de Visscher

    18. Map of Scotland, from John Speed's The Theatre of the Empire of Greart Britain, 1611-12

    19. "The True Picture of One Pict," from Thomas Hariot's A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia,1590

    20. "The True Pictures of a Woman Pict," from Thomas Hariot's A Brief and true Report of the New Found Land of Virginia

    21. Incidents from News from Scotland, 1591

    22. James Interrogated the Witches, Woodcut from News from Scotland

    23. Scenes from Doctor Fian's Life, Woodcut from News from Scotland

    24. "Cure" for Womb Disease, from Helkiah Crooke's Microcosmographia, 1615

    25. Frontipiece to John John Sandler, The Sick Woman's Private Looking Glass, 1636

    26. Title Page to Helkiah Crooke's Microcosmographia

    27. Female Reproductive Organs, From Jacob Rueff's The Expert Midwife, 1637

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312144548
Editor:
Carroll, William C.
Publisher:
Bedford Books
Editor:
Carroll, William C.
Author:
Shakespeare, William
Author:
Carroll, William C.
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Scotland
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Shakespeare, william, 1564-1616, macbeth
Subject:
Kings and rulers in literature
Subject:
Scotland In literature Sources.
Subject:
Macbeth
Subject:
Regicides.
Subject:
Drama-Shakespeare Plays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Bedford Shakespeare Series
Publication Date:
19990431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
394
Dimensions:
7.86 x 5.88 x 0.63 in

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"Synopsis" by , 'Macbeth' is a tragedy, one of eleven that Shakespeare wrote. Like other tragedies, this one centers on a prominent person who after a significant struggle, suffers defeat. In this defeat the person achieves heroic stature. 'Macbeth' has been a favorite of readers, theatre-goers, and actors for almost four hundred years and is considered one of the best of Shakespeare's plays.
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