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Allison K. Deutermann and András Kiséry

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085536

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085536.001.0001

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The forms of news from France in Shakespeare's 3 Henry VI

The forms of news from France in Shakespeare's 3 Henry VI

(p.149) 7 The forms of news from France in Shakespeare's 3 Henry VI
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Alan Stewart

Manchester University Press

Alan Stewart traces the theatre’s thematic and structural engagements with early printed newsbooks. Shakespeare’s 3 Henry VI makes structurally central the unreliability of newsletters, particularly from France, which had become by the late sixteenth century the primary model for early printed newsbooks. It is not only the formal features of the newsbook that matter for Stewart, but their impact on the shape of the English history play, with its re-imagining of past events (reported in the chronicles with a seeming inevitability) as chaotic and uncertain.

Keywords:   History play, News, Newsbooks, William Shakespeare, 3 Henry VI

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