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About The British Library
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Theatre and Performing Arts
Explore the works of Shakespeare and Renaissance writers in relation to the social, political and cultural context in which they were written, and investigate the ways in which these works have been interpreted over the last four centuries.
Discovering Literature brings to life the social, political and cultural context in which key works of literature were written. Enjoy digitised treasures from the British Library collection, newly commissioned articles, short documentary films and notes. Includes useful articles on Dracula and Frankenstein.
Sources from History
Timelines: Sources from History
From medieval times to the present day, explore collection items chronologically in this beautiful interactive timeline. Discover a wide range of historical sources that reflect everyday life as well as major political events.