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        Artifacts of Shakespeare’s Time

        This media gallery contains a series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered that explore artifacts from Shakespeare’s time that many scholars believe Shakespeare himself may have referenced when researching for his plays. As you view the videos and complete the activities in this collection, examine the evidence presented to support this claim.

        The Quartos and the Folio

        David Tennant and British Library curator Tim Pye explore three different versions of Hamlet-- one in the “bad” quarto (the first and shortest version), one in the “good” quarto (the second version), and one in the First Folio (a collection of Shakespeare’s plays).

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        Henry and the Holinshed Chronicles

        In this video segment from Shakespeare Uncovered, Jeremy Irons tackles Henry V and the subject of how to be a good king. Irons examines a crucial scene in the play that addresses this topic by examining the source text Shakespeare used to write it.

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        We Band of Brothers

        This video explores the St. Crispin’s Day Speech which Henry V delivers on the morning of the Battle of Agincourt in Henry V. Trevor Nunn reads from the sourcebook that inspired Shakespeare to write the speech, and illustrates how Shakespeare used the source material as a springboard for his writing

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        Did William Strachey's Account of the Sea Venture Shipwreck Inspire The Tempest?

        Trevor Nunn investigates the Sea Venture’s shipwreck off the coast of Bermuda in 1609, William Strachey’s contemporary account that describes it and how this may have been the inspiration for the shipwreck in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

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        The Wilton Diptych

        In this video from Shakespeare Uncovered, Derek Jacobi studies the Wilton Diptych in the National Gallery in London and describes its significance to Richard II and his reign.

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        Richard II and Holinshed's Chronicles

        This video features Derek Jacobi and Professor Justin Champion from the University of London as they examine Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles, which Shakespeare used as source material to write Richard II, and how Richard II’s reign is described in both texts.

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        Funder: Shakespeare Uncovered is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the generous support of the project’s lead foundation sponsor, the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation. Major funding is also provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Polonsky Foundation, Virginia and Dana Randt, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, and PBS.
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