Troilus & Cressida Sources | Breaking Bard Episode 15!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!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 →

Romeo & Juliet: Love or Lust? | Breaking Bard Episode 13!dd1ea   “Two households both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death... Continue Reading →

Shakespeare’s Lost Years | Breaking Bard Episode 12!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!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 →

Sources for MacBeth | Breaking Bard Episode 10!6373d   “But screw your courage to the sticking place and we’ll not fail” - Lady MacBeth Act I, Scene 7 of the Scottish Play Many have heard of MacBeth, the tyrannical title character of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Many more are unaware that MacBeth was a real Scottish King. Shakespeare however was... Continue Reading →

Diagnosing Portia | Breaking Bard Episode 9!497ca   Hello lovely listeners. I wanted to pop in with a couple notes before we get started with this episode. First, this is not the MacBeth episode I promised last week. I wanted to do better research for that episode and I had this one recorded, so I moved up this episode. Now, a... Continue Reading →

Fairies | Breaking Bard Episode 8!c85c2   “We fairies that do run.../ Following the darkness like a dream/ Now are frolic; not a mouse/ Shall disturb this hallowed house./ I am sent with broom before/ To sweep the dust behind the door” Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 5 Scene 1   Today when we hear the word fairy, a small winged... Continue Reading →

Titus Andronicus’ Fatal Flaw | Breaking Bard Episode 7!3325b   “A nobler man, a braver warrior, lives not this day within the city wall” - Titus Andronicus Act I, Scene 1 Not too many people are familiar with Titus Andronicus, one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays. It is also easily Shakespeare’s goriest play. Most of the main characters die, some after horrible mutilation. A... Continue Reading →

Elizabethan Grammar School | Breaking Bard Episode 6!9e7da   “We may see the young Shakespeare, therefore, spending thirty or forty hours each week in memorising, construing, parsing and repeating prose and verse in Latin. We may hear him talking the language, to his schoolmaster and to his fellow pupils.” Peter Ackroyd in Shakespeare: A Biography A common argument of anti-Stratfordians is that... Continue Reading →

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