- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 978-1-5261-0649-0
- Pages: 272
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £15.99
- Published Date: July 2016
- BIC Category: English, Archaeology, Literature, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology, LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare, Humanities / Archaeology, Literature & literary studies / Shakespeare studies & criticism, Literary studies: plays & playwrights, Literary studies: c 1600 to c 1800, Archaeology
This ground-breaking book provides an abundance of fresh insights into Shakespeare's life in relation to his lost family home, New Place. The findings of a major archaeological excavation encourage us to think again about what New Place meant to Shakespeare and, in so doing, challenge some of the long-held assumptions of Shakespearian biography. New Place was the largest house in the borough and the only one with a courtyard. Shakespeare was only ever an intermittent lodger in London. His impressive home gave Shakespeare significant social status and was crucial to his relationship with Stratford-upon-Avon.
Archaeology helps to inform biography in this innovative and refreshing study which presents an overview of the site from prehistoric times through to a richly nuanced reconstruction of New Place when Shakespeare and his family lived there, and beyond. This attractively illustrated book is for anyone with a passion for archaeology or Shakespeare.
Paul Edmondson is Head of Research at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Kevin Colls is Archaeological Project Manager at the Centre of Archaeology, Staffordshire University
William Mitchell is Project Archaeologist at the Centre of Archaeology, Staffordshire University