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Shakespeare - The Biography

Peter Ackroyd

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This is the big one from Peter Ackroyd - and a worthy companion to London: The Biography. Only Peter Ackroyd can combine readable narrative and unique observation with a sharp eye for the fascinating fact. His method is to position Shakespeare in the close context of his world. In this way, he not only richly conjures up the texture of Shakespeare's life, but also imparts an amazing amount of vivid, interesting material about place, period and background. Some snippets: Shakespeare was secretly a Roman Catholic; the witches in Macbeth were not hags but nymphs played by boys; the "best" bed was for guests which was why he bequeathed his wife his "second best" bed (the matrimonial bed in which he probably died); "ham acting" derives from the strutting walk which showed off the ham-strings; an actor called "Will" played female parts - could it have been Shakespeare himself? And, the strongest bond in the plays is between father and daughter, perhaps reflecting Shakespeare's own family life. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Vance

Length:

19h 18m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

02:23


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:10


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:31


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:19


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:36


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:13


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:41


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:24


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:08


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:00


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:00


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:03


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:17


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:52


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:48


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:18


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:13


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:51


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:43


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:03


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:12


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:57


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:19


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:47


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:22


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:39


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:35


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:21


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

01:49


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:57


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:04


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:54


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:58


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:56


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:12


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:57


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:23


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:30


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:22


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:22


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:25


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:28


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

02:45


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:18


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:25


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

01:54


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:55


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:26


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:37


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:13


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

01:43


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:17


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:26


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:59


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:36


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:50


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:45


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:48


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:56


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:54


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:38


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:16


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:12


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:28


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:54


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

02:10


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:15


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:05


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:47


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:59


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

02:17


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:36


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:20


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:06


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:22


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:36


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:51


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:50


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:40


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:04


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

02:39


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:08


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:45


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:15


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:29


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:42


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:19


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:27


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:39


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:01


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:51


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:23


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:42


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:22


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

02:53


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:59


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:13


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:51


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:24


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:30


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:19


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:29


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:48


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:15


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:39


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:57


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:46


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:54


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:22


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:55


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

02:43


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:15


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

02:28


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:18


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:11


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:58


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:18


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:42


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:47


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:09


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:16


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

05:03


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:10


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

02:32


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:49


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

02:13


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:46


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:20


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

06:18


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

02:38


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:47


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:47


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

02:51


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:44


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

03:33


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

05:09


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:32


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

02:08


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:40


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:15


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

05:35


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

04:52


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

02:08


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

05:40


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

05:17


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

06:13


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

05:51


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

03:47


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

04:48


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

05:40


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

05:14


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

06:07


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

02:37


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

05:07


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

04:01


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

05:47


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

03:59


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

03:34


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

05:30


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

02:35


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

03:58


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

05:49


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

05:43


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

02:18


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

05:10


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

05:09


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

02:01


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

05:50


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

02:14


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

05:24

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