Hamlet's Castle & Shakespeare's
Elsinore, 2nd Edition

By David Hohnen
December 2004
Christian Ejlers' Forlag
ISBN: 8772410280
116 pages, Illustrated, 6 " x 9 "
$28.50 Paper Original


What had made Elsinore famous long before Shakespeare chose it as a setting for Hamlet? Why had the Castle been converted into one of the most magnificent royal residences in Europe just a few years before the play was written? Where had all the money come from?

In Hamlet, Shakespeare reveals familiarity with the Castle, with Elsinore and with Danish customs - and some of his observations are extraordinarily accurate. But were they all based on hearsay, or is it possible - as has been claimed - that he might have visited Denmark himself during the so-called "lost years?" What is the evidence - for, against, or circumstantial - in the text of the play? All these questions are taken up in this short history of Elsinore, the first of its kind to be published in English.

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