Shakespeare and History: the real Wars of the Roses

Shakespeare’s earliest plays deal with the most turbulent period in English history, from the loss of France through to the Battle of Bosworth. Along the way he addresses the burning of Joan of Arc, the murder of a king, and 28,000 dead at Towton (probably the largest and bloodiest battle on English soil). This day-school shows how Shakespeare used history: what he kept, what he left out, and how he melded events into drama.

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