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November 3, 2016 / consort3

Shakespeare Scrapbook

Another alliterative professor (see 741) was Ephraim Everitt who came up with the radical idea that Shakespeare had written more plays and suggested some. His idea was pooh-poohed at the time but these days there is more of an academic consensus that the bard wrote Edward III. Everitt also reckoned that the manuscript of Edmund Ironside was in Shakespeare’s own hand.,8599,1930971,00.html

Well this is interesting. Kims FFP technique produced the following table:


Which shows Edward III to be more like Marlowe than Shakespeare. Also interesting is that the  Henry VI part 2 and 3 plays are grouped with Marlowe, possible collaboration when they were both working for Stanley, but part 1 is elsewhere, possibly Nashe had some involvement. Dido, Queen of Carthage is also in the same area, might Shakespeare be the collaborator with Marlowe back in 1587. So keen is Shakespeare on the story of Dido, the Queen of Carthage,  that he mentions her four times in The Tempest, twice in Titus Andronicus, and once each in The Merchant of Venice2 Henry VI, Antony and CleopatraHamlet, and Romeo and Juliet.

One issue I have with Kims FFP technique is the spelling or lack of consistency in Shakespeares time:

Co-author with Marlowe of Henry VI ?

More statistical text analysis

Another play to add to the canon?

James Spedding in 1850 reckoned that Shakespeare had collaborated with Fletcher to write Henry VIII . New AI research confirms this theory. Spedding also was the first to recognise Shakespeares hand in the ill-fated Sir Thomas More play.

Amazing what people can derive from a few lines of Shakespeare

Shakespeare Hackfest

Shakespeare as it would have been pronounced in 1600

Translate your text to Shakespearean dialogue!

Cumberbatch does Hamlet

Not a lot of people know that Shakespeare translated Hamlet from the original Klingon. For too long, readers throughout the Federation have been exposed to The Tragedy of Khamlet, Son of the Emperor of Qo’nos, that classic work of Klingon™ literature, only through inadequate and misleading English translations. Now at last, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Klingon Language Institute, this powerful drama by the legendary Klingon playwright, Wil’yam Shex’pir, can be appreciated in the elegance and glory of its original tongue. khamcov

Talking Sci-Fi I realised I had just missed towel day:

I have an obscure connection with Douglas Adams and it’s not that I once drove a Ford Prefect! There is a related obscure connection between Adams and the renaissance in that Douglas lived in the same small village as William Byrd, the medieval composer.

Consorts conjectures The absence of information about the ‘lost years’ of the Bard has led me to make some informed guesses about those lost years.

1578 Shakespeare leaves school early due to his father’s financial downfall and becomes teaching assistant at a noble house. He develops playwriting and acting skills teaching children. The noble house could have been the Stanley family place at Lathom. I think he could have developed into Stanleys Poet as it was fashionable then for noble people to have your own tame poet. When Stanley formed his own acting troupe in 1587 Shakespeare would have been in a good position to join the troupe. Stanley was  a lawyer and he might have doubled as Stanleys scrivener..

1582 Aged 18, he marries Anne Hathaway and they have a child (this is known)

1585 After his twins are born moves to London. Possibly with Stanley at his London base (Cannon Row). There is speculation that he joined Leicesters ill-fated expedition to the Netherlands at this time. However the ‘jesting player Will’ is probably Will Kemp

1587 He becomes so useful to acting company that he is invited to join, writing plays from scratch.

One more alliterative professor Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel and Shakespeares portraits

A history channel documentary covered this (50 mins in)

Modern re-creation of Shakespeares portrait

The lack of evidence of Shakespeares life has led to some notorious forgeries:

These are extensively covered by yet another alliterative Professor, Samuel Schoenbaum’s in Shakespeares lives. Schoenbaum dominated Shakespeares studies and was intolerant of others views, yet with so little factual evidence there is only speculation. Ian Wilson in “Shakespeare the evidence” has a convincing argument that Shakespeare was under the patronage of Ferdinando Stanley.

The worldwide following of Shakespeare

Another attempt to rewrite the Bard

Where did Shakespearean Londoners go when they wanted a day out? To Brentford Staines or Ware according to Middleton and Dekkers Roaring girl of 1612. In Jacobean times the Thames was tidal up to Staines, so they would go up river on a flood tide and back downriver on an ebb tide. The journey to Ware was more difficult up the River Lea. Edmund Spenser described the river in his epic poem The Faerie Queene as “the wanton Lea that oft doth lose his way”. The Lea could confuse travellers with its twisting, splitting course.

Parody of “Shall I compare thee to a summers day”

Discussing memorable Shakespeare lines with a friend and he remembered “What news on the Rialto” from the Merchant of Venice. This had resonances with me as I am restoring a Reliant Rialto car! Another line from the same play he remembered was “Do  cream and mantle like a standing pond”

The poisons, potions and charms of Shakespeare

On the 400th anniversary this seems apposite:

Which is Shakespeares most popular play:

Interesting that King Lear does not appear in the top ten in the US but is popular in the UK, perhaps we have more ageing thespians. More on Lear and ageing:

For those like me who find Lear too bleak there is Nahum Tate’s 1681 version which held the stage for more than 100 years.

Shakespeare web-comic

There is a link between the rythym of  Rap music and iambic pentameter which I have only just realised, thanks to Lenny Henry.

Restoration of Religious paintings John Shakespeare supposedly whitewashed

Hi tech version of the Tempest:

I recommend the BBC comedy series Upstart Crow by Ben Elton.

🆕A new source of Shakespeares plays

I have always wondered about the problem plays, here they are:

The biggest collection of First Folios in the world is the Folger in the US but what is the second biggest? Surprisingly it is in Japan at Meisei University who have 12 copies. In return if you are an IT person and have an interest in Japanese comics, video games and culture the Japanese are recruiting.

🆕Miltons copy of the first folio found?

New information on the dodgy business affairs of Shakespeare’s father have come to light:

Leonard Nimoy auditions for Hamlet

🆕Shakespeare influences on Star Trek

There is an argument going on between Gary Taylor and Brian Vickers about how much Marlowe was involved in the Shakespeare canon . Here are excellent pieces on Marlowe:;c=mqr;c=mqrarchive;idno=act2080.0042.306;g=mqrg;rgn=main;view=text;xc=1

Article about a famous club, The Shakespeareans, with Dr Johnson and David Garrick:

Shakespeare, Trump and Coronavirus

Shakespeare, Plague and Coronavirus

Get insulted by Shakespeare:

The Spencer sisters Alice and Elizabeth who are related to Lady Diana are probably the key to understanding Shakespeare:

How to behave in Elizabethan England:

Not alliterative but Oxford professors CS Lewis, Tolkien and Lewis Carroll turned Christianity, Anglo Saxon and mathematics into successful works of fiction.

Cornish influence on medieval Theatre:

I mentioned Douglas Adams towel day another literary anniversary celebrates Joyces controversial Ulysses. All I know is that Allan Sherman rhymes it with Sissies!

The man who wrote the first English dictionary Dr Johnson, and Boswell journeyed to Scotland together in 1773. Recently Frank Skinner and Denise Mina re-created the journey. But here is a review of Boswells life of Johnson.

Rip John Sessions (playing Boswell)

Shakespeare coined common phrases

Falstaff speaks to us now

Shakespeares original cast

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