Antony and Cleopatra Sources | Breaking Bard Ep 22

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!28f00 “Now Antonius was made so subject to a woman’s will, that though he was a great deal stronger by land, yet for Clepatra’s sake he would needs have this battle tried by sea.” - Plutarch in Parallel Lives We cannot underestimate the role Shakespeare played in establishing Antony and Cleopatra as one of the... Continue Reading →

Diagnosing Lady MacBeth | Breaking Bard Ep 21

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!72f48 I thought I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more! Macbeth is murdering sleep.” Innocent sleep. Sleep that soothes away all our worries. Sleep that puts each day to rest. Sleep that relieves the weary laborer and heals hurt minds. Sleep, the main course in life’s feast, and the most nourishing.MacBeth Act 2 Scene... Continue Reading →

Hamnet Shakespeare | Breaking Bard Ep 20

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!74992 Trigger Warning: Child Loss “If William Shakespeare wrote about his son’s death at all, he concealed it in the lines of his late sonnets and plays that reveal a depth of understanding about grief.” - Vanessa Thorpe, Alas, Poor Hamnet, The Guardian Because there is so little known about Shakespeare’s private life, we are... Continue Reading →

Does It All End Well? | Breaking Bard Ep. 19

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!94aef “Shakespeare’s unpleasant young men are numerous. Bertram, as a vacuity, is authentically noxious.” - Harold Bloom in Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human As I reached the end of All’s Well That Ends Well, I found myself asking: but does it all end well? Helena, by all accounts a wonderful woman, ends up married... Continue Reading →

Shakespeare and Plague | Breaking Bard Ep. 18

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!f4e6e “I could draw forth a catalogue of many poore wretches, that in fields, in ditches, in common Cages, and under stalls (being either thrust by cruell maisters out of doores, or wanting all worldly succor but the common benefit of earth and aire) have most miserably perished.”-Thomas Dekker “The Wonderful Year” The bubonic plague... Continue Reading →

The Truth About Prince Hal | Breaking Bard Ep. 17

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!1cbb3 “From his father’s usurpation of Richard II’s throne in 1399, when Henry was but twelve, he was active in the government of England. […] Henry V came to the throne extensively experienced in politics, administration, and warfare: few kings have been so well trained for their job.” - Peter Saccio in Shakespeare’s English Kings... 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 →

Romeo & Juliet: Love or Lust? | Breaking Bard Episode 13

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!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

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 →

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