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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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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Random Friday Fun Fact: Shakespeare’s Richard III (aka the Victors get to write the History)

I’ve had a project going on over the past few years that I call my Shameful Shakespeare Catch-up (shameful because it’s shameful that so much of my life has gone by without me reading any Shakespeare at all – it’s been since college, which, sadly, was fifteen years ago) and today…

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