Holly's Reviews > 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

1599 by James Shapiro
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Jul 31, 2011

Some bits of this book were really intersting - the religious history, Queen Elizabeth's role in the war on Ireland etc, but some bits were really difficult to get through, such as the detailed look at Shakespeare's writing. I put it to one side while I read something else, hoping that I would have a renewed interest in it when I picked it up again, but when I tried, I found it just as difficult to get through as before. I'd recommend it if you were writing an essay on the time or on Shakespeare's influences but if you want to learn about the history for pleasure, I'd choose something a little more novelistic.

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