The Resource Shakespeare's garter plays : Edward III to Merry wives of Windsor, Giorgio Melchiori

Shakespeare's garter plays : Edward III to Merry wives of Windsor, Giorgio Melchiori

Label
Shakespeare's garter plays : Edward III to Merry wives of Windsor
Title
Shakespeare's garter plays
Title remainder
Edward III to Merry wives of Windsor
Statement of responsibility
Giorgio Melchiori
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The second cycle of Shakespeare histories (Richard II, 1 and 2 Henry IV, Henry V) is presented in a new perspective by extending it to include the earlier Reign of King Edward the Third and The Merry Wives of Windsor, so as to create a single dramatic continuum with the five histories as acts and the comedy as the final jig
  • What holds them together is Shakespeare's attitude toward the concepts of policy and honor, reflected both in the figure of Falstaff as anti-hero, and in the open or covert allusions to the Order of the Garter, which is the "figure in the carpet" of the sextet
  • Shakespeare tackled the issues of policy and honor confronted by power when he was "re-making" the old play Woodstock as Richard II and The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth as Henry IV and Henry V. It is argued that Henry IV was originally written as a single play, but, because of the presence of the character of Sir John Oldcastle, Shakespeare was forced to rewrite the play with Sir John Falstaff instead. The success of the ampler role given to the latter prompted the addition of a sequel (Part Two)
  • A chapter in this work is devoted to a reconstruction of the one-play version of Henry IV and another to the passages presumably added in the rewriting
  • The second half of the book, after tracing Falstaff's ancestry to a captain in a play adapted by Anthony Munday from an Italian original, reexamines the question of the relationship between The Merry Wives and a court entertainment supposedly offered on the occasion of the Garter feast in 1597. This entails a revision of the chronology of composition of all Falstaff plays
  • Finally, in the prelude to the Lancastrian cycle, the collaborative play on the reign of Edward III, the founder of the Order of the Garter, the thread running through the Shakespearean saga up to the last incarnation of Falstaff in Windsor stands out clearly. Edward III is undoubtedly a "Garter play" in its celebration of the values presiding over the education of princes, though it never mentions the founding of the Order, which Holinshed links to the loss of the countess of Salisbury's garter
  • But the inclusion in the play of the episode of Edward's infatuation with the countess, interconnecting sexuality and power (a theme present from Lucrece through Measure for Measure to Cymbeline), accounts for the dramatist's ambiguous view of the Garter myth
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Melchiori, Giorgio
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3014
LC item number
.M45 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Order of the Garter
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Falstaff
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Order of the Garter
  • Hosenbandorden
  • Literature and history
  • Historical drama, English
  • Falstaff, John, Sir (Fictitious character)
  • Kings and rulers in literature
  • Nobility in literature
  • Honor in literature
  • Art
  • Falstaff, John, Sir (Fictitious character)
  • Historical drama, English
  • Honor in literature
  • Kings and rulers in literature
  • Literature
  • Literature and history
  • Nobility in literature
  • Orde van de Kouseband
  • Politische Ethik
  • Historisches Drama
  • Great Britain
Label
Shakespeare's garter plays : Edward III to Merry wives of Windsor, Giorgio Melchiori
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Corridors of History: Shakespeare the Remaker -- 2. Reconstructing the ur-Henry IV -- 3. From ur-Henry IV to Henriad: Rewriting as Subversion -- 4. Falstaff's Ancestry: From Verona to Windsor -- 5. Reconstructing the Garter Entertainment at Westminster on St. George's Day 23 April 1597 -- 6. Five Falstaffs and the Countess of Salisbury: Edward III as a Garter Play
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
155 pages
Isbn
9780874135183
Lccn
93048123
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29596230
  • (OCoLC)ocm29596230
Label
Shakespeare's garter plays : Edward III to Merry wives of Windsor, Giorgio Melchiori
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Corridors of History: Shakespeare the Remaker -- 2. Reconstructing the ur-Henry IV -- 3. From ur-Henry IV to Henriad: Rewriting as Subversion -- 4. Falstaff's Ancestry: From Verona to Windsor -- 5. Reconstructing the Garter Entertainment at Westminster on St. George's Day 23 April 1597 -- 6. Five Falstaffs and the Countess of Salisbury: Edward III as a Garter Play
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
155 pages
Isbn
9780874135183
Lccn
93048123
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29596230
  • (OCoLC)ocm29596230

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