Shakespeare's Island: St. Helena and The Tempest

 
9781514721735: Shakespeare's Island: St. Helena and The Tempest

For over four hundred years, the island of Saint Helena was reachable only by sea, but it now has an airport. Situated in the South Atlantic, 1,200 miles from the African coast and 2,000 miles from South America, few people know much about this tiny and remote island, let alone its likely role in The Tempest,one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.

Join David J. Jeremiah, a former attorney general of Saint Helena, for an engaging yet academically sound exploration of this tiny island and how events and figures in the hundred years following its discovery in 1502 are reflected in the plot and characters of The Tempest.

While many scholars are convinced Bermuda was the inspiration and setting for the famous play,Jeremiah believes that Shakespeare had Saint Helena in mind. The early history of the island provides a Caliban figure, a plan to establish a colony there, and the astonishing idea that an Elizabethan sea captain would be proclaimed its king.

Jeremiah makes a compelling case for Saint Helena being Shakespeare’s island, the island of The Tempest.

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David J. Jeremiah was educated at Minchenden Grammar School, the University of Leicester, and the College of Law, London. He was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1972, appointed Queen’s Counsel in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2003, and O.B.E. in 2005.

Long fascinated by academic studies of the literary and historical sources of Shakespeare’s plays, Jeremiah first took note of the similarities between characters and events in Saint Helena’s early history and key themes in The Tempest while serving as the attorney general of the island, on which he lived for six years.

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