Medal featuring William Shakespeare on this side

Shakespeare the Republican

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A medal struck in the 18th century
from a design by Jean Dassier.

Shakespeare is paired with the
Republican John Selden.

Though this medal was struck
after the English Civil War,
Selden was then a reknowned lawyer,
who opposed King Charles I.

After the Civil War,
when the monarchy was restored,
many of Shakespeare's own plays
were rewritten by factions
seeking support for their causes.

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Why change his image?
To celebrate him?
To promote him?
To play at politics?

To reinvent him?

the early likenesses
his first published portrait One from the family gallery
his funeral bust
A stately statue

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