In Search of Shakespeare

Author(s): 
Michael Wood
Copyright: 
2004
Publisher: 
BBC
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This is a fascinating documentary, but not suitable for children. Although it leans secular to a certain extent, it provides a very helpful (and detailed) background of the nature of the political and religious conflicts going on in Shakespeare’s world. It also makes a pretty strong case that Shakespeare grew up in a Catholic household and had some Catholic sympathies throughout his life, that at least seem to reflect the basic morals found in his plays. There is plenty of ugliness too, but I think it’s worth sorting through the muck to get a better understanding of the Bard.

Available from Netflix or your local library.

Because of mature content and a slight secular bias, this series is recommended for parents (who can, of course, share the content with their children at their own discretion).

Review Date: 
2-11-2009
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