Starveling and More

The cracker-jack staff here at The Bard and the Bible blog missed posting last Monday’s insult-of-the-week. Heads have rolled, we assure you, and we hope it didn’t cramp your style too much not to have a new Shakespearean insult ready for use. We also hope the following Shakespearean insult will make up for the lapse. Ready?

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This week we provide a veritable insult tornado from Henry IV, Part 1, spoken by Falstaff to none other than his drinking buddy, Prince Hal (Henry V):

‘Sblood, you starveling, you elf-skin, you dried neat’s tongue, you bull’s pizzle, you stock-fish! O for breath to utter what is like thee! you tailor’s-yard, you sheath, you bowcase; you vile standing-tuck!  (1 Henry IV 2.4.227-229).

You may wish to parcel out those insults a little at a time, unless you have the swagger of the fat knight.

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Podcast: My Son, My Son

This week’s episode on The Bard and the Bible Podcast is now live. You can also easily subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to ensure that you never miss an episode in the future.

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Ten Plays I Wish Shakespeare Had Written


As everyone knows, William Shakespeare wrote a plethora of plays and poems, featuring a variety of characters, settings, and themes, from Titus Andronicus to The Tempest. He is even known to have produced more plays that are so far lost to modern scholars, such as Cardenio, named for a character in Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote. But imagine. Continue reading

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Reviewsday: The Bible-Shakespeare Calendar (1916)


At the recent (and excellent) Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in scenic Asheville, North Carolina, I made a new friend. Yes, I can make friends. When I want to. When author, pastor, and speaker Joshua J. Masters discovered The Bard and the Bible, he told me that he owns a “Bible-and-Shakespeare calendar” dated 1916. “No way,” I said. “Way,” he said, and promised to send me photos.  Continue reading

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Podcast: Life is Short

It is time for another episode on The Bard and the Bible Podcast. The podcast, “Life is Short,” is now live (you can also easily subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to ensure that you never miss an episode in the future).

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The Bard and the Bible: Book of the Year

Shakespeare and the Bible have both garnered lavish praise and numerous awards over the years (“greatest writer in the English language,” “best-selling book of all time,” etc.). But last week added one more accolade.


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Reviewsday: Shakespeare (The Invention of the Human)

745 pages. I am a Shakespeare nut. I am also a Harold Bloom fan. But 745 pages? That is the length of Bloom’s indispensable work, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human. Its breadth and depth, however, are immeasurable.


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