Readership: Students and scholars of Shakespeare; students and scholars of Tudor history
Philip Schwyzer, Professor of Renaissance Literature, University of Exeter
Philip Schwyzer received his BA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He was Junior Research Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford, before moving to the University of Exeter in 2001. Much of his research has focused on issues of place, memory and identity in early modern England and Wales. He is Principal Investigator for the ERC-funded project 'The Past in its Place: Histories of Memory in England and Wales' (2012-16)
"a nuanced and well-written study ... I would recommend this fascinating, engaging book to those interested in Shakespeareâs drama, the reception history of Richard III, early modern collective memory, or sixteenth- and seventeenth-century attitudes towards the recent English past." - Chloe Kathleen Preedy, Renaissance Studies
"At a time when historicism as a method is frequently critiqued as an outmoded and limiting mode of literary scholarship, Schwyzer's study wonderfully achieves its goal of making readers 'think more deeply about what it means to set and see a work of art within its historical context'. Its concept of history is fluid and dynamic and its attention to both historical detail and textual nuance is exemplary."
- Ian Frederick Moulton, Literature and History
"Although the book is not for those wishing to read a new analysis of the king's life and reign, it is an excellent study in how his reputation was formed during the Tudor era. It is well written and contains several useful illustrations." - Matthew Ward, The Ricardian
1: 'Where is Plantagenet?'
2: Lees and Moonshine: Memory and Oral Tradition
3: Trophies, Relics, and Props: The Life Histories of Objects
4: 'He lived wickedly, yet made good laws': Institutions and Practices
5: 'Every tale condemns me for a villain': Stories