The Theater Part III: The Other Major Players Who Aren’t Named Shakespeare

Book Recommendation Elizabethan Jacobean Drama: The Theatre in Its Time Christopher Marlowe Books Christopher Marlowe: The Complete Plays Christopher Marlowe: Poet & Spy YouTube Links mini biography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CbWeIkgF-g Bookworm History on Dr. Faustus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdAJxwxmysw Ben Jonson Books Ben Jonson: A Life Complete Works of Ben Jonson (Delphi Classics) YouTube Videos…

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Summing up Shakespeare in Three Simple Thoughts

My most recent Renaissance English History Podcast was a short intro into the life of Shakespeare, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his death.  I had been extremely negligent in not talking about Shakespeare before.  It’s simply because my interests – which have driven the sporadic nature of my podcast…

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How the Protestant Reformation Made Elizabethan Theater

Elizabethan Theater

Last week I got podcasty with Elizabethan Theater, which is appropriate considering Shakespeare’s birthday is coming up.  I’ll be doing several episodes on the theater – this was a general introduction to this great Elizabethan institution, and then my next episodes will be more focused on Shakespeare, Marlowe, Burbage, and…

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Shakespeare the rabble-rouser (aka how to screw your landlord)

Everyone loves an underdog story.  And when the underdog wins because of his wit and smarts, beating out someone who is supposedly more powerful, it just makes things even better.  This was what seemed to happen in 1598 when The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the theater company employing Shakespeare and managed…

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The Queen’s Men: Propaganda in Elizabethan Theater

I’ve been listening to a book called Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt which is a  biography of Shakespeare from a holistic world-view perspective.  How did a provincial young boy, who was the son of a glover, who may or may not have been a…

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