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Palgrave Macmillan

Tudors and Stuarts on Film

Historical Perspectives

ISBN 9781403940704
Publication Date December 2008
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Why should films be historically accurate? Why are some monarchs popular subjects in film and others virtually ignored? Leading historians analyze films set in Tudor and Stuart Britain, exploring their historical context and their accuracy. They explore the preoccupations of the filmmakers, the sources they used and each film's reception.

SUSAN DORAN is Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, University of Oxford, UK. She is the author of many books and articles on the Tudor period, including Monarchy and Matrimony: The Courtships of Elizabeth I, Elizabeth I in the British Library Historic Lives series and Mary Queen of Scots: An Illustrated Life.

THOMAS S. FREEMAN is the Research Editor for the British Academy John Foxe Project and he is affiliated with the University of Sheffield, UK. He is co-editor (with Sue Doran) of The Myth of Elizabeth and (with Thomas F. Mayer) of Martyrs and Martyrdom in England, c 1400-1700. He is the co-author (with Elizabeth Evenden) of Religion and the Book in Early Modern England: The Making of Foxe's 'Book of Martyrs'.

Notes on the Contributors
List of Illustrations
Introduction: T.Freeman
A Tyrant for All Seasons: Henry VIII on Film: T.Freeman
Saints and Cinemas: 'A Man for All Seasons': P.Marshall
'Anne of a Thousand Days': G.Richardson
Lady Jane Grey on Film: C.Levin
From Hatfield to Hollywood: Elizabeth I on Film: S.Doran
Lady in Waiting: Young Elizabeth Tudor on Film: J.Richards
Kapur's 'Elizabeth': C.Haigh
'Mary Queen of Scots': J.Guy
The Armada, War and Propaganda in the Cinema: W.Coster
'The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex' and the Romanticization of Elizabethan Politics: P.Hammer
'Shakespeare in Love': Elizabeth I as Dea ex Machina: B.Usher
'Elizabeth: The Golden Age': A Sign of the Times; V. Westbrook
Oliver Cromwell and the Civil Wars: J.Morrill
The Unfilmed Oliver Cromwell: D.Smith
'Winstanley': C.Durston
Why Don't the Stuarts get Filmed?: R.Hutton

WILL COSTER teaches at the University of Bedfordshire, UK
CHRISTOPHER DURSTON was sometime Professor of History at St Mary's College Strawberry Hill, UK
JOHN GUY is a Fellow of Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK
CHRISTOPHER HAIGH is Tutor in Modern History at Christ Church, University of Oxford, UK
PAUL E. J. HAMMER teaches in the School of History at the University of St Andrews, UK
RONALD HUTTON is Professor of History at Bristol University, UK
CAROLE LEVIN is Willa Cather Professor of History at the University of Nebraska, USA
PETER MARSHALL is Professor of History at the University of Warwick, UK
JOHN MORRILL FBA is Professor of British and Irish History at the University of Cambridge, UK, and a Fellow of Selwyn College
JUDITH RICHARDS is Honorary Research Associate at La Trobe University, Australia
GLENN RICHARDSON is a Senior Lecturer in History at St Mary's University College, Strawberry Hill, London, UK
DAVID L. SMITH is Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Selwyn College, Cambridge, UK, and Affiliated Lecturer in the Cambridge History Faculty


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