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Sonnet on who attends plays…

Andrew Gurr, in the Shakespearean Stage edition 3, presents this sketch of the day of your average gallant playgoer by the poet and epigrammist John Davies: […]

I’m the eighth old man called ‘Enery…

Henry Tudor. We all know him, whether as gouty tub o’ lard or gorgeous hunk o’ flesh. He had six wives we know too: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. The first beheading was Elizabeth’s mum, Anne Boleyn. The first divorce (ever) was Mary’s mum, Catherine of Aragon.

Shakespeare who loved history plays wrote a […]

Shakespeare by another name…

is a travesty of nature.We have the man with the name wearing the mantle. Fact. The authorship question for the Stratfordians is whether he deserves to wear that mantle. For the truly orthodox Stratfordians the notion that it isn’t he is preposterous. Beneath contempt, infra dig.

All other candidates imho seek to denigrate our true, […]

The Shakespeare Secret, the novel…

…was given to me by a friend who had the same idea for another medium and then discovered the book. He read it and his after the first 200 pages or so it got better review it didn’t seem particularly thrilling a thriller. But it is Shakespeare based so I took it and filed it […]

AN open-ended method…

…says the blurb on the back of the book. And I have to agree. Mamet-ian in his no-nonsense approach to the Bard’s writings. Louis Fantasia (what a great name) wastes very little time on versification, poetic devices and rhetorical terms and mentions Iambic Pentameter twice! That’s it.

Taking as contrast Peter Hall’s book ‘ […]

The Lodger…read in a day…

…first impressions.

The Bellot Mountjoy suit research he did kicks butt! Loads of little insights into everyday events that may or may not have been transformed into imagery and conceit.

i looked for the way the Jacobean lawyers who wrote the depositions spelled Shakespeare, and it was in each case Shakespeare; though others and SH […]

Lost in Early Modern Translation…

Lost and Found in Translation: A cultural history of translators and translating in Early Modern Europe. Peter Burke. Koninklijke Bibliotheek Lecture.

This post is based around the original and just goes to show how I interacted with it. Well worth reading only 22 pages long. Brilliant piece of scholarship and appreciation of the many […]

Sh and libraries…

…spent more than enough time in ’em looking for him and those about him. So what was his experience of libraries?

Libraries were few and far between. And the Conspiracists use this to their supposed advantage, saying where oh where could a mere Shakespeare browse and study?

Well here’s one probable answer.

The largest […]

What if?

What if there were that much more to know about the complexity of the Elizabethan Theatre?

‘As an unperfect actor on the stage’

is practically my motto. I, as an actor, am not without mustard. I certainly sucked last night at the salon singing an awful rendition of Strauss’ Lied, Die Nacht. Then i […]

Bohemian Storm in a teacup…

…reading James Shapiro’s book and the last chapter is his defence of Shakespeare of Stratford.

I’d like to say yet again the whole argument is beneath the amount of press it’s getting; irrelevant to enjoying and appreciating Shakespeare.

But serendipitously Shapiro supplies in the re-telling of this anecdote, the rebuttal to a commonly […]