The Shakespeare Teacher’s Lot …

‘You REALLY don’t know about The Garden of Eden?’

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Your starter for ten – which long running TV quiz programme is parodied here?

Bonus questions: 5 points each (answers at the bottom of the post):

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Who’s Who in … Romeo and Juliet

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Two households, both alike in dignity …

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(QotW#89) 30 March 2020

Never mind isolation and social distancing, it’s ‘slogan fatigue’ that’s slowly killing me …

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Shakespeare IS political – understand that, and move on

There have been plenty of times when I’ve felt the need to apologise for being political in a blog about Shakespeare.  I think it makes my employers nervous, despite the fact that they never get named, and the blog is entirely independent of them.

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Who’s Who in … Macbeth

Everyone remembers the ‘Egg’, but not who his father is …

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Who’s Macduff again, Sir?

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The wanderer returns …

Not ALL those who wander are lost. But I think I have been, for a while …

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And he himself wander’d away alone,
No man knows whither. (Richard III, IV.iv)

Tentatively, I feel like my self-imposed exile might be over.

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QotW (#088): 07 October 2019

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This little thing?  Oh, I picked it up at TK Maxx …

You ought to know me by now, after almost 4 years and not far off 400 posts …

Not overly-blessed with common sense (as my Dearest Partner of Greatness) would confirm; prone to flights of giddy excitement, silliness even; with a pretty good memory for quotations and an eye for intertextual connections; but usually sceptical when it comes to wild conspiracy theories, especially about Shakespeare.

So I want to be clear that this is not one of the latter.

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[book review] Thomas Cogswell, James I: The Phoenix King

cover cogswellThomas Cogswell, James I: The Phoenix King (Penguin Monarchs), (London:  Allen Lane, 2017)

Thomas Cogswell’s biography is recognisably one of the Penguin Monarchs series.  That means it’s concise (just 109 pages) and informative; a good general introduction to the king who succeeded Elizabeth. For those studying Shakespeare or the Early Modern period, the information about James’ early life is useful and potentially revealing.

It’s also often neglected.

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