The Discovery Of England

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0101The Discovery Of England's Past20030327

In this new series, Jonathan Bate examines The Holinshed Chronicles, a book so influential, poets and playwrights, including Shakespeare, plundered it for material.

0102The Discovery Of The English Land20030403

Jonathan Bate finds out how sixteenth century cartographers, poets, gardeners and local historians put the English countryside on the map.

0103The Discovery Of The Island Of England20030410

By leaving their home shores on extensive overseas travel, the Elizabethans began to reflect on what was so special about the sceptred isle of England. They hoped to imitate another maritime power made rich by international trade: Venice. Jonathan Bate explores how this foreign island city was brought alive in books and theatre as a lesson to the English. Produced by Matthew Dodd.