Neil MacGregor: "Shakespeare's Restless World: A Portrait Of An Era In Twenty Objects"
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Hamlet, Macbeth, Juliet: Most of us recognize the characters of William Shakespeare. But while their world is familiar, it is nothing like our own. In a new book, Neil MacGregor, author of “a History of the World in 100 Objects,” presents 20 artifacts that shed new light on Shakespeare’s age. It was a time when discovery of a New World challenged long-held certainties. He also explores the assumptions Londoners brought with them to Shakespeare’s new globe theater. The objects that reflect those understandings range from the rich to the humble and represent themes of the Shakespearean age – globalization, reformation, plague, and magic. Diane talks with British Museum director, Neil MacGregor, about what he calls Shakespeare’s restless world.
director of the British Museum and author of "A History of the World in 100 Objects"