Author(s): Neil MacGregor
The Elizabethan age was a tumultuous time, when long-cherished certainties were crumbling and life was exhilaratingly uncertain. Shakespeare's Restless World uncovers the extraordinary stories behind twenty objects from the period to re-create an age at once distant and yet surprisingly familiar. From knife crime to belief in witches, religious battles to the horizons of the New World, Neil MacGregor brings the past to life in a fresh, unexpected portrait of a dangerous and dynamic era.
MacGregor is not a man for making airy generalisations about the past. He examines concrete evidence and like a Sherlock Holmes teases out of it more information than you would think possible to deduce -- Peter Lewis Daily Mail Shakespeare's Restless World, filled with anecdotes and insights, eerie, funny, poignant and grotesque, is another brilliant vindication of MacGregor's understanding of physical objects to enter deep into our fore-fathers' mental and spiritual world -- Christopher Hart Sunday Times
Neil MacGregor has been Director of the British Museum since August 2002. He was previously Director of the National Gallery in London from 1987 to 2002. His celebrated book A History of the World in 100 Objects was published in 2010, and has been translated into more than a dozen languages.