Bart van Es is a Lecturer in English at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Catherine’s College. He is the author of Spenser’s Forms of History (2002) and the editor of A Critical Companion to Spenser Studies (2006). His first major research interest lies in the depiction of the past in Renaissance England and he has published numerous articles on Elizabethan historical poetry and the reception of classical history in the period. More recently he has focused on theatre history. Shakespeare in Company, which traces the effect of the dramatist’s working conditions as a sharer in an acting company, was published in 2013. Current projects include A Very Short Introduction to Shakespeare’s Comedies (forthcoming with OUP in 2016), an interdisciplinary book 6 Ways of Thinking in the Renaissance, and a study of child acting companies in the Tudor and Stuart age.