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Akira Kurosawa

Overview page. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1910–98)

Japanese film director best known in the West for his adaptations of Macbeth (The Throne of Blood, 1957), and King Lear (Ran, 1985). There is also an adaptation of Hamlet...

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Earl of Essex Robert Devereux

Overview page. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism — History.

(1566–1601)

English courtier, favourite of Elizabeth I. He distinguished himself as a soldier during the Dutch Revolt (1586), but earned the queen's displeasure by participating in...

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Edmund Mortimer

Overview page. Subjects: European History — Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

(1391–1425),

5th earl of March and 8th earl of Ulster. Following the death of the 4th earl in 1398, another long minority further weakened the Mortimer interest in Ireland,...

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Edward Topsell

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

(1572–c.1638),

English zoologist and divine. Little is known of his life except for a series of ecclesiastical posts. His two zoological works, The History of Four-Footed Beasts...

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Elizabeth of Bohemia

Overview page. Subjects: British History — Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

(1596–1662).

The lives of Elizabeth and her husband are part of the fabric of European history. The eldest daughter of James VI and I and sister of Charles I, she ...

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Gowrie conspiracy

Overview page. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism — British History.

1600.

James VI of Scotland mistrusted the Gowrie family. The 1st earl of Gowrie had held James captive after the Ruthven raid in 1582. On 5 August 1600, while hunting, James was...

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Gunpowder Plot

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A Catholic scheme to murder James I of England and his Parliament at the state opening on 5 November 1605, to be followed by a national Catholic uprising and seizure of power. The plotters,...

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liberty

Overview page. Subjects: World History — Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

An area or individual enjoying a special privilege of freedom from royal jurisdictions. Liberties of all kinds abounded in the Middle Ages: a ruler could grant privileges to people or...

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lute

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Shakespeare Studies and Criticism — Indian Music — Music — Music.

Term used in Western music, generally applied to stringed instruments with a finger board, and a pear-shaped resonator. Examples are

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pastoralism

Overview page. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism — Modern History (1700 to 1945).

In a general sense, denotes the representation of idealized rustic life in poetic, dramatic, or prose form. Its association with Arcadia, as the locale of ideal existence, began in...

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