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

War and death in Shakespeare's England

Speaker
Steven Gunn, Professor of Early Modern History, University of Oxford
Event date
Event time
13:00 - 14:00
Venue
Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3BG
Venue details

Lecture Theatre

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
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.