The Christian Science Monitor

'Tyrant' examines the evidence of popular attraction to demagogues as seen in Shakepeare's plays

The dust jacket of Pulitzer Prize-winning Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt's new book Tyrant pulses vivid red, and the book asks sharp questions about the ways William Shakespeare interrogates the idea of political authority in his plays. 

It was a vividly relevant subject for Shakespeare. By the time he began his theatrical career in London, Queen Elizabeth I had been on the throne of England for over 30 years. She was obviously never going to have a heir

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor5 min readPolitics
Missing From US-Iran Clash, A Back-channel Safety Valve
Back channels between adversaries help limit tensions, and can pave the way toward peace. But they’re missing from this round of U.S.-Iran tensions.
The Christian Science Monitor3 min readPolitics
‘This Is An Army Of Socialists’: To Retake House, GOP Is Hammering One Message
NRCC chair Tom Emmer said there’s “no place” for language like the “Send her back!” Trump rally chant aimed at Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar.
The Christian Science Monitor6 min read
When Getting The Story Means Years Of Threats, Even Bullets
Singer R. Kelly and financier Jeffrey Epstein faced new charges of sexual crimes after journalists’ investigations. Both were denied bail this week.