This collection of essays explores the diverse ways in which
Shakespeare and his contemporaries experienced and imagined Europe.
The book charts the aspects of European politics and culture which
interested Renaissance travellers, thus mapping the context within
which Shakespeare's plays with European settings would have been
received. Chapters cover the politics of continental Europe, the
representation of foreigners on the English stage, the experiences
of English travellers abroad, Shakespeare's reading of modern
European literature, the influence of Italian comedy, his
presentation of Moors from Europe's southern frontier, and his
translation of Europe into settings for his plays.