A Kingship Paradigm

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Fig 1:  A Paradigm for Kingship or Leadership

Abstract for the busy:  this paradigm crystallises or articulates my recent thinking about kingship/leadership as it applies in Shakespeare’s plays and, I increasingly suspect, beyond.  It gained critical mass after teaching Richard III at Key Stage 5 (Age 16-17) in Autumn 2016, where I found myself returning again and again to questions of Legitimacy, Authority and Dynasty, in plotting not just Richard’s journey and motives, but Richmond’s and, in fact, Queen Elizabeth’s. 

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PTS00/001: I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips …

… Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot (Henry V)

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So.  As we enter February 2017, and the beginning of the ‘Ponytail Shakespeare’ project, I feel the need to quote Stephen King:

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BBC Shakespeare Collection digital download on sale

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Hard to resist the fun of seeing some of our favourite actors looking very, very young!

As I’ve said elsewhere, I have a soft spot for the BBC Shakespeare Collection.

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You’ll put down strangers?

This isn’t a political blog, at all.  It’s not supposed to be, at least.

But, for shame.  I can’t sit by.  Nor, I’d like to think, would Shakespeare …

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Photo  by Abel Guerrero

Lou Reed sung, in ‘Dirty Boulevard’:

Give me your hungry, your tired, your poor I’ll piss on ’em

That’s what the Statue of Bigotry says

Your poor huddled masses

Let’s club ’em to death

And get it over with and just dump ’em on the boulevard

And Shakespeare?

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Shakespeare’s ‘Salad Days’. Expectations of HVI part 1

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Only 6 years between these albums:  less time than between Richard III and Macbeth …

‘Please Please Me’ or ‘Abbey Road’?

‘Surfin’ Safari’ or ‘Pet Sounds’?

‘Hangin’ Tough’ or ‘The Block’?

[please note – I’ve only ever listened to just four of those albums.  Promise.  I hope you can infer which they are!]

As I approach the first monthly instalment of my Arden Amble, what are my expectations from a work I know relatively little about?  Why start the journey of a thousand steps with a month reading and blogging about Henry VI Part 1?

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Volumes that I prize above my dukedom …

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Amongst the cosmetic changes I’ve made over the past few days, you might have noticed the arrival of a new page:  The Boar’s Head Bookshelf.

What’s that all about?

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Come, and take choice of all my library

… and so beguile thy sorrow  (Titus Andronicus)

An era ended on Thursday this week …

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