Film-The England of Elizabeth (1957)
This 1950s film depicting Elizabethan England is 26 minutes long and offers viewers insight into the period.

The film features numerous Tudor artefacts from paintings to manuscripts to maps, as well as showing stately homes and ruins, and would be useful for understanding a 20th century interpretation of this period. By viewing the historical objects, it can also be used to contextualise Shakespeare’s plays.

It considers the England in which Shakespeare wrote and is supported by a score by Ralph Vaughan Williams and a script written by historian A. L. Rowse, the David Starkey of his day.


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Created: Apr 18, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018


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