The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0272 Saturday, 28 March 1998.
Date: Friday, 27 Mar 1998 13:22:11 -0500
Subject: Shakespearean Historiography
I wonder if any SHAKSPEReans can suggest a good resource on the history
plays as historiography-not in terms of their relation to Honilshed or
Hall, but as more _complete_ histories of medieval England than anything
predating them. I also pose a discussion topic: what do people think of
the idea that the historical accuracy of history plays is a less
important concern than their psychological portrayals of historical
'characters' and the lyric beauty of their verse? In other words, is
beauty truth? Are misrepresentations of historical events 'justified' by
their evocative power?