A unique dictionary which helps to unlock the mysteries of Shakespeare's world, words and language. The book includes over 4000 Shakespearean words clearly explained with examples from the twelve most studied and performed plays including Macbeth, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Notes giving insights into Shakespeare's use of language, his society, and theatrical performances. Panels covering the language and conventions used in a wide range of fascinating topics including money, insults, and swearing! Full colour illustrations of the Elizabethan's bright cosmos, sharp and vicious weapons, fashions of the day, musical instruments, and maps of the lands and places.