Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for August 2016

New Books

One new release this month – Scourge of Henry VIII: The Life of Marie de Guise by Melanie Clegg is out August 30 in the UK and later in the fall in the US. It’s great to see work on Marie de Guise, someone I’ve been intrigued by for a while now.

And a few books already out in the UK that will be out at the end of the month in the US (or possibly mid-September – I have conflicting info, but I decided to go ahead and include them in this month’s round-up)

New Event

Tudor Ambition – Talk and book signing with Lauren Mackay and Elizabeth Norton at Sudeley Castle on September 4 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets available at the link. (Yes, it’s actually in September, but I wanted to get it in earlier to give people a chance to plan.)

New Exhibitions

Will & Jane will open on August 6 and run through November 6 and is the final of three exhibitions they put on, in addition to other events, during their year-long Wonder of Will celebrations.

Continuing Exhibitions

Oxford’s Bodleian Library will run Shakespeare’s Dead from April 22 to September 4. This exhibition will examine the theme of Death in Shakespeare’s works. It “provides a unique take on the subject by exploring how Shakespeare used the anticipation of death, the moment of death and mourning the dead as contexts to bring characters to life. … Shakespeare’s Dead also looks at last words spoken, funerals and mourning as well as life after death, including ghosts and characters who come back to life.”

The British Library’s Shakespeare in Ten Acts opened April 15 and will run through September 6. The exhibition is a “Journey through 400 years of history – from the first productions of Hamlet and The Tempest – to understand how Shakespeare’s plays have been transformed for new generations of theatre-goers.”

The Visions of Utopia display opened in June in the Treasures of the British Library and will run through September 18, 2016.

Windsor Castle will host Shakespeare in the Royal Library from February 13 through January 1, 2017 and includes works of Shakespeare collected by the royal family, accounts of performances at Windsor Castle, and art by members of the royal family inspired by Shakespeare’s plays.

Shakespeare Documented – Celebrating 400 years of William Shakespeare with an online exhibition documenting Shakespeare in his own time. The partners in this exhibition include The Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, The British Library, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and The National Archives. The exhibition will continue to expand throughout the year.


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