CONTENTS MAY 2021
YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO
28 Early years and family life Inside the playwright’s relatively humble upbringing in Stratford-upon-Avon
32 From parchment to performance How Shakespeare crafted his masterpieces
34 The Shakespearean stage What was it like to tread the boards in Elizabethan times? 38 Creative milestones A timeline of selected ‘highlights’ from Shakespeare’s career
39 Secrets of the sonnets What Shakespeare’s sonnets reveal about his desires
42 Eight places that shaped Shakespeare A trip to the most important locations in his life
46 Fact, fiction, or somewhere in between? We explore the plausibility behind 13 common statements made about the playwright
52 Shakespeare and women What can we learn from Shakespeare’s female characters?
53 Shakespeare and religion A look at the biblical inspiration behind his work
54 The wisdom of Shakespeare We unlock the meaning behind five memorable quotes from Shakespeare’s plays
56 Shakespeare through the ages Assessing the playwright’s enduring legacy today
G Visit the places in Stratford-upon-Avon that shaped Shakespeare’s life and career
58 The history of mermaids Discover how fantastical stories of fish-tailed creatures came to capture the popular imagination – from 15th-century Haiti to Hollywood
62 Spotlight on... Eva Braun Inside the life of the woman who stood by Adolf Hitler’s side
65 In pictures: the Festival of Britain Take a stroll around London’s South Bank in 1951, when thousands of Britons flocked to an exhibition celebrating the nation’s achievements
70 What if... the Romans had won at Teutoburg?
G Why were our ancestors so fixated by mermaids? G How Eva Braun came to be the Führer’s secret lover
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