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Catherine Belsey

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633012

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633012.001.0001

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The Illusion of Empire: Elizabethan Expansionism and Shakespeare's Second Tetralogy

The Illusion of Empire: Elizabethan Expansionism and Shakespeare's Second Tetralogy

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(p.109) Chapter 7 The Illusion of Empire: Elizabethan Expansionism and Shakespeare's Second Tetralogy
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Shakespeare in Theory and Practice
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Belsey Catherine

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633012.003.0007

This chapter is the only chapter in the book that was prompted by a specific occasion. On Sunday, 6 March 1988 three members of the Irish Republican Army were shot dead on sight by British special forces in Gibraltar. It turned out that they were unarmed at the time; they carried no explosives and no detonators. Henry V casts doubt on the virtues of conquest and at the same time on England's capacity to keep control of Ireland, its closest existing overseas possession. The primary imperative of Elizabethan foreign policy was not imperialist at all in the obvious sense of that term. Henry V magnificently holds together his motley crew of captains, not to mention the unpromising contingent from Eastcheap, Pistol, Nym and Bardolph. In 1603, the rebels were at last starved into submission.

Keywords:   Elizabethan expansionism, Shakespeare, second tetralogy, Gibraltar, Henry V, Elizabethan foreign policy

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