Shakespeare’s English histories are among the most profound and sustained meditations on leadership, politics, and national identity to be found in literary history. As always, Shakespeare’s chief concerns centre upon those aspects of the human condition that are truly universal in nature and scope. In the English histories, the focus is the conflict between our individual being and the roles and obligations that society imposes upon us.
This fifth volume of Shakespeare Tales contains the English histories as retold in prose by Arthur Quiller-Couch and Harrison Morris. Each tale is prefaced by a fresh and insightful introduction by Andrew Lynn.