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UK Blog #13 on Guest Blogger Crossing the Pond

Author of Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014, I submitted my first guest blog in December 2014 and my twelfth in March 2017. I plan to submit my next guest blog after having spoken on the Folger story in six locations in the UK according to […]

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Where did Shakespeare’s money come from (Part 2)?

Where did Shakespeare’s money come from (Part 2)? By Dr David Fallow In an earlier post, Dr Robert Bearman put over the traditionally received view of where Shakespeare’s money came from, and how he made it. Here, Dr David Fallow, an economic historian and financial expert (University of Exeter), makes a compelling revisionist case for […]

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Marlene Dietrich in Alfred Hitchcock's 1950 'Stage Fright'

Sonnets for Advent 8: Sonnet 23

I tend to resist biographical readings of Shakespeare’s Sonnets as inappropriate and reductive. But at the same time I want to admit that the poems reflect something of Shakespeare’s personality, precisely what is open to debate. Sonnet 23 relates directly to the poet’s reputation as an actor and a dramatist. Shakespeare knew what it was […]

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When and where did he marry?

Anniversaries always tell a story and today is marks the date of William Shakespeare’s and Anne Hathaway’s marriage bond. A year ago we helped design an exhibition about this theme and, noticing the subject mentioned in today’s news, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit the occasion of William and Anne’s marriage. It’s not […]

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Evidence of the Shakespeares and the wool trade: John Shakespeare named in the PRO

Shakespeare For Fear of Death 3

‘As for an authentic villain, the real thing, the absolute, the artist, one rarely meets him even once in a lifetime. The ordinary bad hat is always in part a decent fellow.’ Colette William Ingram in his 1978 biography of Francis Langley, A London Life in the Brazen Age, described the builder of the Swan […]

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Shakespeare For Fear of Death 2

“England. Be it known that William Shakspere, Francis Langley, Dorothy Soer wife of John Soer, and Anne Lee, for fear of death…”. King’s Bench, Controlment Roll, Michaelmas Term 1596, K.B. 29/234: In the England of 1596 those fearful of “death or mutilations” could appeal to the judicial process to head off a potential attack. In […]

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Leslie Hotson's 1931 book

Shakespeare For Fear of Death 1

In Shakespeare versus Shallow (1931), Leslie Hotson wrote that if you wanted to look for new facts about William Shakespeare’s life then you should not “turn to the standard biographies for nourishment” as these were not about research but were merely capitalizing on the results of earlier findings. This, perhaps unsurprisingly, did not sit well […]

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John Shakespeare, The Hedgehog

‘You spotted snakes with double tongue, Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2.2 Edgar Fripp (1861 – 1931) once described “Alderman [John] Shakespeare” as being “curled up like a hedgehog at the approach of the dog”. Fripp, seeing the world, as he did, through a lens of strict Protestant belief, thought John’s […]

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Biography or context?

Guest Blog by Andrew Cowie I’ve just finished reading Peter Ackroyd’s ‘Shakespeare – The Biography’. I don’t know how it compares with other biographies but Stanley Wells described it as ‘informative and well-judged’  and I’d certainly recommend it. But it was an odd mixture of the frustrating and the illuminating. One thing everyone knows about […]

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