The Royal Play of Macbeth: When, Why, and How it Was Written by Shakespeare

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THE
ROYAL PLAY
OF
Macbeth

When, why, and how it was
written by Shakespeare

BY

HENRY N. PAUL

NEW YORK

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

1950

-iii-

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The Royal Play of Macbeth: When, Why, and How it Was Written by Shakespeare
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • Illustrations xii
  • The Royal Play of Macbeth 1
  • Shakespeare at Oxford 15
  • The Writing of the Play 25
  • The Effects of Imagination 44
  • Macbeth's Imagination 60
  • The King's Skepticism concerning Witches 75
  • James and the Witches of 1603 90
  • James and the Witches of 1605 113
  • The Kingly Gift 131
  • The Dramatis Personae 150
  • The Imperial Theme 162
  • Holinshed's Chronicles as a Source of the Play 183
  • Shakespeare's Knowledge of Scottish History 204
  • The Gunpowder Treason 226
  • Garnet's Doctrine of Equivocation 237
  • The Hurricane of 1606 248
  • The Demonology in Macbeth 255
  • The Necromantic Scene 275
  • Sorcery in Macbeth 292
  • The Act of Abuses 304
  • King Christian's Visit 317
  • The Bleeding-Sergeant Scene 332
  • Topical Interjections in Macbeth Iv, II and III 351
  • Concord, Peace, and Unity 359
  • Touching for the King's Evil 367
  • Special Interests of the King 388
  • When and Why the Play Was Written 399
  • Macbeth at the Globe Theater 403
  • Epilogue 415
  • Index 419
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