Mapping tools can be used to visualize the lived experience as well as the imagined experience of the early modern world, explore Shakespeare’s relationship to cartography in his era, and map the experience and knowledge of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. We offer here a few starting points for further exploration of these areas.

BOOKS

The Shakespearean World (Routledge)

“The Shakespearean World takes a global view of Shakespeare and his works, especially their afterlives. Constantly changing, the Shakespeare central to this volume has acquired an array of meanings over the past four centuries. "Shakespeare" signifies the historical person, as well as the plays and verse attributed to him. It also signifies the attitudes towards both author and works determined by their receptions. Throughout the book, specialists aim to situate Shakespeare’s world and what the world is because of him.”

Mapping Shakespeare: An exploration of Shakespeare’s world through maps (Bloomsbury)

“William Shakespeare's lifetime (1564–1616) spanned the reigns of the last of the Tudors, Elizabeth I and the first of the Stuart kings, James I and the changing times and political mores of the time were reflected through his plays. This beautiful new book looks at the England in which Shakespeare worked through maps and illustrations that reveal the way that he and his contemporaries saw their land and their place in the world. It also explores the locations of his plays and looks at the possible inspirations for these and why Shakespeare would have chosen to set his stories there.”

Mapping Shakespeare’s World (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford)

“It has always been easy to say that wherever the plays are set, Shakespeare was really writing about human psychology and human nature, and that the settings are irrelevant. This book takes a different view, showing that many of his locations may have had resonances which an Elizabethan audience would pick up and understand, and it shows how significant the geographical and historical background of the plays could be.”

ARTICLES and MAPPING TOOLS

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