The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0285 Friday, 7 July 2012
Date: July 5, 2012 3:20:24 PM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare and James I
I was recently watching Simon Schama’s recent Shakespeare documentary, and he essentially makes a point that, during an early production of Hamlet, you would have a staging of the dumb show prefacing The Mousetrap, within Hamlet, all watched by King James I, whose recent familial history would have given the scenes telescoping in front of him additional personal significance.
It got me wondering more about Shakespeare’s relationship to James, and I thought that I might ask if anybody had any good recommendations for books that discuss this relationship, or just good books about the life of James.