Romeo and Juliet: Texts and Contexts

Romeo and Juliet: Texts and Contexts

This edition of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet reprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by six sets of thematically arranged primary documents and illustrations designed to fit many different approaches to Shakespeare’s play and the early modern culture out of which the play emerges. The texts include travel accounts, poetry, excerpts from early modern fencing manuals, royal proclamations and statutes, tables and prognostications from an early modern almanac, and orders for religious ceremonies from The Book of Common Prayer. Unique to this edition, too, is the inclusion of numerous unpublished manuscript letters of the Bagot family and some poignantly moving passages from the diary of Lady Anne Clifford. The documents contextualize the social relationships among men in Shakespeare’s time, violence in Elizabethan society, views of love and the Petrarchan paradigm, spiritual life, family in Elizabethan society, and ideas about astrology, medicine, and death.

Title:Romeo and Juliet: Texts and Contexts
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780312191924
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  • Madeline

    Romeo and Juliet, abridged.ROMEO: I’m Romeo, and I used to be emo and annoying but now I’m so totally in luuuuurve and it’s AWESOME. MERCUTIO: Okay, three things: One, there’s only room in thi...

  • Nate

    I'm not sure what annoys me more - the play that elevated a story about two teenagers meeting at a ball and instantly "falling in love" then deciding to get married after knowing each other for one ni...

  • Anne

    THIS! This is what happens when you jump into a Rebound Relationship.So, when the story opens, Romeo is desperately in love with Rosaline. But since she won't give up the booty has sworn to remain cha...

  • Bill Kerwin

    Two things struck me during this re-reading: 1) From the first scene of the play, the sexual puns are drenched in metaphorical violence (drawing your weapon, laying knife aboard, forcing women to the ...

  • Catriona

    The people who dislike this play are the ones who view common sense over being rational, and prefer to view the world in a structured way. One of the main arguments that come across is the 'meeting, f...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Romeo and Juliet = The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, William ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet is a tragedy, written by William Shakespeare early in his career, about two young star-crossed lovers, whose dea...

  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    Why didn’t they just run away together? It would have saved a lot of heart ache. ...

  • Brina

    Happy 2018, everyone! I thought I would get the year off on the right track by reading my first book for classics bingo in the group catching up on classics...and lots more. One of the squares on this...

  • Manny

    Every emo fourteen year old's dream. In bullet-point form:• fall in love with hot boy/girl (delete as appropriate) that parents can't stand; • tender words and some sex - gotta find out what that'...

  • jessica

    ‘in fair verona, where we lay our scene..’ i went to verona this past weekend and there is a very special experience that comes from reading a story in the same place where it is set. the city ha...