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Shakespeare and the Law

Synopsis
Video podcast presenting an analysis of political and legal developments in late Elizabethan England and their representation in Shakespeare’s plays, focusing on contemporary debates concerning the powers of the Crown and the extent to which these were limited by the law. PhD student Adam Slavny and Professor of Law Paul Raffield take as their starting point the gravedigger scene from Hamlet which parodies Hales v Pettit,a case decided in 1564. The scene, suggests Raffield, demonstrates that Shakespeare had a considerable technical knowledge of he law. Paul Raffield’s book is entitled Shakespeare’s Imaginary Constitution: Late-Elizabethan Politics and the Theatre of Law.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Notes
Accessed 11/2016.
Subjects
Drama; Law; Politics & government
Keywords
history of the 16th century; law; monarchy; Elizabethan stage

Credits

Contributor
Adam Slavny; Paul Raffield

Production Company

Name

University of Warwick

Distributor

Name

bit.ly/2eeIERe

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