Soul of the Age: The Life, Mind and World of William Shakespeare

Jonathan Bate’s monumental intellectual biography of England’s greatest poet shows us a man completely immersed in the religion, politics, philosophy and literature of the Elizabethan age. By showing how the plays are rooted in the time and place of their composition Bate underlines one of their strangest paradoxes – how is it that they have such a continuing and universal relevance?

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