War and death in Shakespeare's England | University of Oxford

War and death in Shakespeare's England

Steven Gunn, Professor of Early Modern History, University of Oxford
13:00 - 14:00
Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3BG

Lecture Theatre

Lectures and seminars
Free
Yes
Recommended

England engaged in war on several fronts, in the Netherlands, in France, in Ireland and at sea, during the lifetime of Shakespeare. Soldiers and sailors faced death not only from muskets, pikes and cannon and from the splinters that flew when wooden ships bombarded one another. Tainted food, poor sanitation, runaway epidemics and haphazard military medicine made the days between fighting as risky as those spent in action.