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Shakespeare’s Restless World: Treason and Plots

Synopsis
Eleventh of a twenty-part radio series in which the director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, presents an object-based history of the time of Shakespeare to explore how Elizabethan and Jacobean audiences made sense of their rapidly changing environment.
In this episode MacGregor presents a tabloid history of Shakespearean England, making use of George Carlton’s Thankfull Remembrance of God’s Mercy (1624), a collection of contemporary accounts of plots to murder Elizabeth and James I, who ruled the country during Shakespeare’s lifetime.
George Carleton, compiled a book published in 1624 that thrilled and frightened readers with fifty years of conspiracies and murderous plots - each tale ending happily with the king and queen of England safe and well. He called it A Thankfull Remembrance of God’s Mercy and it was a public success, reprinted three times within four year
Series
Shakespeare’s Restless World
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
30 Apr 2012 at 13:45 (Channel: BBC Radio 4)
Duration
15 mins

Credits

Producer
Paul Kobrak
Contributor
Moira Goff; Neil MacGregor; Susan Doran

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Richard II
Subjects
Drama; History
Keywords
monarchy; political violence; politics; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Cultural history

Notes

Notes
The entire series is available on CD from http://www.bbcshop.com and as a podcast http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/r4shakespeare.
History
Part of the Shakespeare Unlocked season on BBC.
Reviews
Source: Radio Times, BBC programme information
For more detail about the programme and its objects (including transcript) see the BBC Restless world website http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/shakespeares-restless-world/ (accessed May 2012)

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BoB

Email
bob@bufvc.ac.uk
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Phone
020 7393 1500
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
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London
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Notes
Formerly a service from BUFVC, British Universities Film & Video Council
Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
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London
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Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
For Learning on Screen Members only
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London
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