Expertise of the Doubters

I believe that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the plays attributed to him. At the beginning of the year, I wrote a blog post explaining why I feel it is worth understanding the arguments behind the authorship debate and why the debate is worth having. My intent is to go through the arguments and key... Continue Reading →

The Complex Family Dynamics of King Lear

TW: emotional abuse, violence, dementia As I was watching the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s recent stream of King Lear, I was confronted with a feeling I didn’t expect: empathy for Goneril. This was my first experience with King Lear and all I had heard was that Lear was horribly abused by his two evil daughters. I... Continue Reading →

King Lear Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1While reflecting on his sorry state, Edgar sees his father being led by an old man. It quickly becomes clear that Gloucester has no eyes. The old man is one of Gloucester’s tenant farmers. Gloucester doesn’t want his help for fear that they would punish the old man. They notice “Poor Tom”... Continue Reading →

King Lear Part 2

Act II, Scene 2Kent, the King’s messenger, meets Oswald, Goneril’s messenger, outside of Gloucester’s castle. Oswald appears not to recognize Kent as he asks him where to tie up his horse. Kent does not take too kindly to this and unleashes a barrage of insults onto Oswald. (Probably unleashing years of bottled up contempt.) He... Continue Reading →

Troilus & Cressida Sources | Breaking Bard Episode 15

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!f757a   “For now will I go straight to my matter, In which you may the double sorrows hear Of Troilus in loving of Criseyde, And how that she forsook him ere she died.” Troilus and Creseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer   Troilus and Cressida is one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays, and I kind of... Continue Reading →

The Essex Rebellion |Breaking Bard Episode 14

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!a2691   “The swooning lover crashed into Elizabeth’s chamber in his filthy travelling clothes ‘so full of dirt and mire that his very face was full of it’ to confront his fair mistress, barely out of bed, her wrinkles brutally exposed in the morning light and her wig off.” Lisa Hilton, The Renaissance Prince  ... Continue Reading →

Othello Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1Iago is trying to calm Othello down, who is absolutely certain that Desdemona and Cassio kissed. Iago doesn’t seem the harm in a kiss or even laying naked together if nothing happened. This, understandably enrages Othello. It’s hypocritical to give into temptation just enough to not actually sin. Iago tries a new... Continue Reading →

Shakespeare’s Lost Years | Breaking Bard Episode 12

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!0dfac   Quick note before we get started. The podcast and blog have been much more sporadic than I would like them to be lately. Turns out introducing a rescue dog to a new house and a toddler is a bit of a time suck. Please be patient as I work to get back on... Continue Reading →

Richard III | Breaking Bard Episode 11

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!a53f8   “And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover, To entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain And hate the idle pleasures of these days. Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous, By drunken prophecies, libels and dreams, To set my brother Clarence and the king In deadly hate the... Continue Reading →

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