Category Archives: History

The Powers That Be

This week’s episode (here) of The Bard and the Bible Podcast resumes Richard II’s speech from Act 3 Scene 2 of Shakespeare’s Richard II and pairs it with Romans 13:1-7 in the King James Version of the Bible. Ratings and reviews on iTunes are much appreciated. You … Continue reading

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Podcast: Henry and David

A new episode on The Bard and the Bible Podcast is now live (it is also easy to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes).

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Podcast: Not in the Roll of Common Men

A brand new episode on The Bard and the Bible Podcast is now live (it is also easy to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes).

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Reviewsday: The Millionaire and the Bard

Henry Folger was not a man you would expect to become an obsessive collector of Shakespeareana. To begin with, he was an American. He became wealthy in the oil industry, eventually becoming president and chairman of Standard Oil of New … Continue reading

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Reviewsday: The Year of Lear

James Shapiro has written numerous books on Shakespeare, such as Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare (which I’ve read) and A Year in the Life of Shakespeare: 1599 (which I haven’t). So I had some idea of what I was getting … Continue reading

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Reviewsday: The Daughter of Time

I first read Josephine Tey’s mystery, The Daughter of Time, in 1991–soon after I first read and saw Shakespeare’s Richard III. Tey’s novel is a perfect companion–or counterpoint–to the play.

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Shakespeare and Christmas

In Shakespeare’s day, Christmas wasn’t nearly the important holiday it is to many people today. Easter was a bigger deal, by far, in Elizabethan and Jacobean times.   In fact, Shakespeare used the word “Christmas” only three times in his … Continue reading

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