The Man Behind Macbeth and Other Studies

Was Macbeth based on a contemporary Scottish figure...?


Sir James Fergusson


Faber & Faber, London, 1969
The Man Behind Macbeth and Other StudiesThe Man Behind Macbeth and Other StudiesThe Man Behind Macbeth and Other Studies

Printing Details

First edition. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14.5cm, 187pp.

The Man Behind Macbeth puts forward the theory, with a wealth of historical evidence to support it, that Shakespeare's characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth had two originals in contemporary life: the notorious Captain James Stewart, briefly Earl of Arran and Chancellor of Scotland, and his flamboyantly wicked wife, two of the best-known and best-hated figures in Scotland during the early years of King James VI and I, that King for whose particular diversion Shakespeare wrote his play. Sir James Fergusson's long familiarity with record sources enabled him to make skilful use of previously unpublished documents and to illuminate the course of history from quite unexpected angles.


The book is in very good condition, The dustwrapper has some tanning to the spine.


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