Shakespeare’s Plays: Fact or Fiction?


Has Shakespeare become so intertwined with our culture that we find it hard to separate myth from reality?

Dan Jones at the Telegraph writes about how many of Shakespeare’s historical portraits are tinged with his own biases and those of his sources.

Discussing plays such as Henry VI and Richard II, Jones reminds readers that “what we should always remember is that Shakespeare wrote plays primarily to entertain—his plays were never supposed to comprise a history lesson, but simply drew an audience by virtue of its historical setting.”

Abigail Bereola is a writer and the Books Editor for The Rumpus. On Twitter, @sherarelytweets. More from this author →