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Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe par [Laoutaris, Chris]
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Revue de presse

A splendid and original book (Sunday Telegraph, Book of the Week)

Fabulous!...I could not recommend it highly enough. (Alison Weir)

Greatly enjoying Shakespeare and the Countess ... Fascinating how much archives can still yield. (Stanley Wells)

I am in love with the brilliant research on display in Shakespeare and the Countess and how it brings to the fore Lady Elizabeth Russell, a trailblazing early feminist. (Amma Asante Observer Books of the Year 2014)

A work of historical and literary detection which takes us straight to the heart of religious politics in Elizabethan England . . . there is a great deal to admire in this hugely ambitious book. (Frances Wilson New Statesman)

This is a detailed biography of a vigorous (if not likeable) woman who stood close to power throughout the reign of Elizabeth I. [Elizabeth] Russell was a remarkable person - clever, domineering and ruthless . . . Laoutaris has done a thorough research job (Sunday Times)

It is a fascinating story and Laoutaris tells it with a winning combination of scholarly rigour and elegant prose. Contributing something fresh in the crowded arena of Shakespeare studies is not easy, but Laoutaris has done precisely that . . . A splendid book (Herald Scotland)

Laoutaris delves into all this with immense gusto, introducing his readers to a dizzying cast of characters and approaching his subject from myriad different angles. Thanks to [his] impressive research, this largely forgotten figure emerges as a woman of great erudition, determination and courage, scarcely less remarkable than her namesake and contemporary Elizabeth I (Anne Somerset Literary Review)

Elizabeth Russell was a force to be reckoned with [and] is the indefatigable heroine of [the] book . . . [She was] the woman who forced the company [the Chamberlain's Men] across the Thames to create their crucible of theatrical poetry, the Globe (The Times)

[An] energetic and enterprising book. He has done much original research, adding new details to the history of the [Blackfriars] playhouse, and to our knowledge of Elizabethan and Jacobean Blackfriars . . . Elizabeth Russell was a powerful figure . . . a fearsome Elizabethan version of Lady Bracknell or Bertie Wooster's Aunt Agatha . . . Laoutaris has done some very valuable archival work . . . It is certainly a story worth telling, and Laoutaris tells it well. (Charles Nicholl London Review of Books)

Chris Laoutaris sheds light on the life of the woman who waged battle against the Bard (Big Issue North)

Genuinely groundbreaking . . . It's a thrilling tale and Laoutaris tells it superbly, with fluency and passion and a masterful eye for the dramatic. Emphatic, meticulously researched and strikingly original. (Marylebone Journal (Book of the Week))

A distinguished biography . . . [and] an impressive feat of archival research by Chris Laoutaris. (Around the Globe (the magazine of Shakespeare’s Globe))

[T]he ambitious, crafty, and eagerly litigious Elizabeth Russell . . . takes centre stage in this power struggle-filled Elizabethan drama. The self-proclaimed countess threatened Shakespeare's livelihood . . . but her opposition inadvertently resulted in the creation of the famous Globe Theatre, which secured the Bard's legacy . . . Russell's voice is heard strongly . . . As Laoutaris shows, Russell - a "staunch Puritan," funerary monument designer, and the only female sheriff in Elizabethan England - was worthy of starring in a Shakespearean drama. (Publishers Weekly, USA)

[A] tale of 16th century NIMBYism. The Puritan termagant Elizabeth Russell mounted a successful campaign against the . . . theatre company, which boasted one W. Shakespeare as a partner . . . [Laoutaris] has unearthed a fascinating story. (Independent)

Life comes close to imitating art in Shakespeare and the Countess. Here Laoutaris resuscitates as the great playwright's foil the long-forgotten Elizabeth Russell, a self-proclaimed dowager countess and unblushing harridan, who could have stepped out of a turbulent history play . . . Through her, Laoutaris throws fascinating light on the Puritans' determined fight against both Roman Catholicism and the newly established Church of England . . . [and] on her success in preventing the Burbages, the playwright's partners, from opening an indoor theatre in Blackfriars beside her home. (New York Times)

An engaging portrait of this powerful noblewoman . . . The author shows, by deftly weaving the events during Russell's lifetime and her personal impacts played therein, that he exhaustively researched his subject . . .an immensely riveting read. (Library Journal, USA)

It could be a tale for the stage itself, involving an ambitious parvenu, a self-styled countess, more than a hint of treachery and one of the more spectacular examples of historical Nimbysim . . . [This is] the story of how William Shakespeare's early plans for a theatre . . . were thwarted by the outrageous Lady Russell. (Daily Telegraph)

The story of Shakespeare and the Countess has all the hallmarks of one of his famous plays - treachery, deception, death and triumph . . . [A] fantastic tale . . . [Laoutaris] discovered a web of deceit and a true villain worthy of any of Shakespeare's plays - as well as information previously thought lost'. (Daily Mail)

Présentation de l'éditeur

Shortlisted for the Tony Lothian Prize

One of the Telegraph's 'Best Books of 2014'

'A gripping tale that enables us to see Shakespeare in a new light...I could not recommend it highly enough.' Alison Weir

In November 1596 a woman signed a document which would nearly destroy the career of William Shakespeare . . .

Who was the woman who played such an instrumental, yet little known, role in Shakespeare's life?

Never far from controversy when she was alive - she sparked numerous riots and indulged in acts of bribery, breaking-and-entering, and kidnapping - Elizabeth Russell has been edited out of public memory, yet the chain of events she set in motion would be the making of Shakespeare as we all know him today.

Providing new pieces to the puzzle, Chris Laoutaris's thrilling biography reveals for the first time the life of this extraordinary woman, and why she decided to wage her battle against Shakespeare.

'A splendid and original book' Sunday Telegraph

'A work of historical and literary detection which takes us straight to the heart of religious politics in Elizabethan England.' Frances Wilson, New Statesman

'I'm in love with the brilliant research on display in Shakespeare and the Countess by Christopher Laoutaris and how it brings to light Lady Elizabeth Russell, a force to be reckoned with and a trailblazing early feminist.' Amma Asante, Observer (Books of the Year)

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 508 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1681771411
  • Editeur : Penguin (24 avril 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00J3EREW6
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well worth your interest! 23 octobre 2014
Par Suzanne Cross - Publié sur
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I'm lucky enough to have a relative who helped the author with his research, since she's the historian for Bisham Church where lots of things took place and the Countess has her superb and remarkable monument. So you might say I had a bit of an "in" when I bought the book. But I must say, this book is worth reading if you love the Elizabethan political world or Shakespeare or life in London in the 1590's, or any combination thereof. In addition, the author has touched the Holy Grail - some genuinely new logical deductions leading to information about why Shakespeare and his fellows built the Globe across the Thames, rather than settling in to do aristo-theatre on the "respectable" bank in 1597. And the implications for that choice ARE enormous. I found the author slightly labored the connection to Shakespeare - the bulk of the book is about Elizabeth Russell, the self-styled Dowager Countess of Bedford, a woman in her own way quite as remarkable and much less well known than Bess of Hardwick. For any woman to read about an Elizabethan woman who simply refused to "know her place" is wildly refreshing, but Laoutaris has, with infinite pains, teased out the sequence she initiated to deny those low-born players a license to play near her town house in the Blackfriars. In so doing, you learn lots and lots about the world in which Shakespeare was just making a name for himself, which I find fascinating. All in all, well worth your time and investment (and the more you already know, the more you will appreciate Laotaris' deductions). Also, thankfully, he never suggests that Shakespeare the player was actually a consortium of a half-dozen Elizabethan nobles of both sexes, which I found refreshing.

In every picture I have seen of Elizabeth Russell, she wears this extraordinary starched linen headdress, and the author early on refers to her as being like "a cobra, ready to strike." I can't get that entirely appropriate image out of my head! It's nice to think of Will swearing quietly under his breath as, thanks to the Countess, they had to rethink the entire plan that led to King Lear, Macbeth, et al.!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A detailed picture of Elizabethan life 8 juin 2015
Par Carole P. Roman - Publié sur
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Well researched biography of the formidable self styled Dowager Countess, Lady Elizabeth Russell. Unapologetic, fearless, and willing to battle, she spearheaded a group determined to keep William Shakespeare's acting troupe from preforming in Blackfriars Theaters. Lost in history, Chris Laoutaris brings the infamous "Grey Lady," back to life, giving a reader a window into the climate of Elizabethan England, as well as a backdrop to the birth of the Globe theatre. This is a detailed book about the life and times of people who influenced the court. It is said that art imitates life, and perhaps Shakespeare was even moved enough to use his adversary Russell when he created some of his most vile female characters.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Elizabeth Russell seemed to be a modern woman, fighting for what she saw was her own rights , but in a nasty and violent way 5 avril 2016
Par Mystic by the Lake - Publié sur
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I picked up this book because like tons of people, I am a fan of Shakespeare. I even named my daughter after one of his most famous female characters. I also love reading about Tudor court intrigue. But the more I read about Elizabeth Russell, the more I realized that she reminded me of someone in my own neighborhood--the President of our Homeowners' Board!! This woman can also be nasty and underhanded, a queen bee who gathers her allies (handmaidens and drones) to get her own way in the neighborhood, against the better judgment of other neighbors. So in many ways, Elizabeth seemed to be a modern woman, fighting for what she saw was her own rights, and those of her family and associates, although she too was nasty, underhanded and even violent about it. She was also definitely a meddling mother. There were other women, like the sisters of the Earl of Essex, who were active politically or socially in their own way. So the picture I have of passive Tudor gentlewomen, listening to music, reading and doing needlework, have definitely been changed by this book. I would love to see an author write a historical fiction account of Elizabeth Russell's life, someone like Philippa Gregory, Elizabeth Fremantle, or Leanda de Lisle.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Countess Elizabeth Russell 2 janvier 2016
Par Lucia - Publié sur
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This book introduced me to Elizabeth Russell who claimed to be a countess though her second husband died before he inherited the title. She was sister-in-law to William Cecil and used her connections to help her daughters etc. She was highly educated and a poetry writer as well .She was involved with rise of Puritanism and her dealings with Shakespeare involved shutting down the BlackFriars theatre which affected him financially. Of course he went on to fame and glory and the Globe theater and satirized her in some of his plays. 2/3 of the book is about the Countess..not much Shakespeare. I read the book on my Kindle and by 80% I reached notes, resources etc. Elizabeth was an interesting woman but the details began to drag on me.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I think this is a wonderful resource for learning the secrets behind particular character choices ... 25 mai 2015
Par American in Paris - Publié sur
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I think this is a wonderful resource for learning the secrets behind particular character choices that Shakespeare used to comment on the political
intrigues of his time.

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