Category Archives: History

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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