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Suicide, Ghosts and Christian Burial: Historical Attitudes to Death in Shakespeare's Hamlet

Shakespeare’s tragedies remain a source of wisdom and reflection that frame contemporary attitudes to life and death. Those iconic scenes – Hamlet holding the skull, Ophelia’s watery death – how were they shaped by Elizabethan ideas and practices? To truly understand the text, and why it still speaks to us, we must consider it’s historical context: Roman and Christian attitudes to suicide, Protestant and Catholic notions of free will, Elizabethan Coroner’s inquests, and Medieval... [More]
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Suicide, Ghosts and Christian Burial: Historical Attitudes to Death in Shakespeare's Hamlet

<p>Shakespeare’s tragedies remain a source of wisdom and reflection that frame contemporary attitudes to life and death. Those iconic scenes – Hamlet holding the skull, Ophelia’s watery death – how

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Life and Death in the White Tower

The Tower of London is one of the world’s greatest tourist attractions. It has been a palace, an armoury, a zoo, a prison, an execution site and a fortress. At various times throughout its 1,000 year history it has housed the Royal Mint, The Royal Observatory and the Crown Jewels. The White Tower, which gives its name to the whole complex, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078. The intimidating Norman structure was designed to terrorise the conquered Anglo Saxon population. It... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Life and Death in the White Tower

<p>The Tower of London is one of the world’s greatest tourist attractions. It has been a palace, an armoury, a zoo, a prison, an execution site and a fortress. At various times throughout its 1,000

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