Where did Shakespeare do his background research on Danes, Italian city-states, the Roman Empire, etc.?
- ElaineLv 711 months agoFavorite Answer
In addition to sources such as Plutarch, Holinshed, histories such as Henry V Shakespeare would have had access to the English chroniclers. Then there are the events found in plays such as Richard III where the events would still be in recent memory. For some of his other plays such as "King Lear" he could have used real life incidents as inspiration.
- MarliLv 711 months ago
If "Shakespeare" or "Shake-Speare" was the pseudonym of the Earl of Oxford or another nobleman or courtier, he would have had study privileges in at least one library and would have travelled in France and Italy (perhaps as an ambassador or in an ambassado's suite.).
If "Shakespeare" was Will of Stratford, he might have had reading privileges at Field's, his fellow Stratfordian's, bookshop in London and and in the libraries of patrons. He may have travelled.
Whomever Shakespeare was, he must have been a voracious reader and observer, with a retentative memory, and an interest in landscapes. Those rivers/canals in Italy that no Shakespeare student believed were there until someone recently researched and found they existed.
- Jonny CakeLv 711 months ago
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- TinaLv 711 months ago
It is not impossible that Shakespeare travelled to Italy when he was young. They have what very well could be his signature in a seminary in Rome. He would also have talked to people who had travelled in Europe.
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- Anonymous11 months ago
He had two main sources, Plutarch for his Roman plays and Hollingsworth for his history plays. Hamlet was based on a legend which appears in Anglo Saxon literature but his source was probably François de Belleforest who retold it in the previous century.
- Dj2541Lv 711 months ago
LOL LOL Background research?? He just made it all up as he went a long, he was writing for essentially illiterate people and he was telling stories, imaginative fascinating funney stories.
- marcelloLv 611 months ago