“Look upon this”

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Last week I wrote my blog (“smooth comforts false”) about the challenges of separating fact from fiction when delving into Shakespeare’s biography. I wrote about the way in which some stories associated with Shakespeare’s life  are based upon mere rumour and gossip, and therefore have little credibility.

Documents and deeds however tell a far more compelling and trustworthy tale.  The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust houses a collection of significant  documents often seen photographed in Shakespearian biographies.  The video below shows  Mairi Macdonald, Former Head of Local Collections at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, giving Professor Carol Rutter (CAPITAL, Warwick University) a guided  tour of some of these papers.  Mairi breathes life into the documents  through her commentary, and paints a detailed portrait of Shakespeare’s private and professional dealings.

A “must-see” for those interested in Shakespeare’s life and times.

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Author:Nick Walton

Nick Walton is a Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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