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The Banker of Florence

by Yang Yu This is my journey in Italy in 1520: As George Wordsworth, plenipotentiary of Cardinal Giulio de’Medici (de facto ruler of Florence who later became Pope Clement VII), I was sent on a mission to Rome, Naples, Venice, Ravenna and Bologna, to grind the bloody Italian War that has been raging since 1494 […]

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Infinite minds: Shakespeare and Giordano Bruno

On 17 February 1600 the philosopher Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake in Campo de’ Fiori, today one of the most colourful squares in Rome. A former Dominican friar born near Naples, this wandering intellectual disseminated his revolutionary ideas throughout Europe. He studied in Geneva and Toulouse, taught at Wittenberg (Hamlet’s alma mater, remember?), […]

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Professor Stanley Wells C.B.E.

Making Shakespeare

My recent reading has included two biographies, both of men who, like Shakespeare, did not go to university. Ben Jonson, son of a clergyman who died a month before the boy was born, and stepson of a bricklayer – a calling which Ben himself followed for some years – attended Westminster School, in London, but […]

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Shakespeare: Renaissance Man

Lecturing yesterday evening at the Shakespeare Centre on ‘Shakespeare as a Man of the Renaissance’, I stressed particularly the fact that he had a humanistic education, centering on Latin literature and on the techniques of rhetoric and oratory of which he displays great mastery in his plays and poems. He draws extensively on Roman history, […]

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