Present day knife culture is a problem. The notion of a city in which almost everyone was ‘tooled up’ seems difficult to imagine and yet in Shakespeare’s time this was the norm. People went to see plays which featured sword and knife violence and post-theatre nights out often involved binge drinking and violence. In this episode of Shakespeare’s Restless World, Neil McGregor (director of the British Museum and author of A History of the World in 100 Objects) talks us through these edgy times.
The link to ‘A History..’ takes you to all 100 episodes – still available for listening.