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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.

http://ericsams.org/index.php/on-shakespeare/essays-and-reviews/396-edmund-ironside-a-reappraisal

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

shakespeare-phylogeny-tree

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:

http://blog.shakespearesworld.org/2016/01/20/ffor-heavens-sak-whi-wolde-a-pson-euer-spelle-yt-yt-waye/

Co-author with Marlowe of Henry VI ?

http://www.vox.com/culture/2016/11/4/13480052/shakespeare-marlowe-henry-vi

More statistical text analysis

https://priceonomics.com/how-statistics-solved-a-175-year-old-mystery-about/

Another play to add to the canon?

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/news/fake-shakespeare-play-double-falsehood-is-genuine-after-all-10167657.html

Amazing what people can derive from a few lines of Shakespeare

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/01/by-heart-measure-for-measure/384252/

Shakespeare Hackfest

https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2014/12/shakespearean-hackfest/

Shakespeare as it would have been pronounced in 1600

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gPlpphT7n9s

Translate your text to Shakespearean dialogue!

http://www.shmoop.com/shakespeare-translator/

Cumberbatch does Hamlet

https://theconversation.com/the-lure-of-hamlet-why-this-is-the-test-of-a-lifetime-for-benedict-cumberbatch-45455

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:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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).

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

http://www.new.hammerschmidt-hummel.de/Pages/EN/AuthenticPortraits.html

A history channel documentary covered this (50 mins in)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yf6lLaxBY4

Modern re-creation of Shakespeares portrait

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3456973/What-having-squire-New-accurate-portrait-William-Shakespeare-400-years-death-looks-like-chap-pub.html

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henry_Ireland

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Payne_Collier

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

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/sep/25/shakespeare-world-anti-apartheid-hero-nazi-favourite-bollywood

Another attempt to rewrite the Bard

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/why-we-mostly-stopped-messing-with-shakespeares-language

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”

http://photodharma.tripod.com/sonnet18.htm

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

http://hyperallergic.com/285463/the-poisons-potions-and-charms-of-shakespeares-plays/

On the 400th anniversary this seems apposite:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/nov/02/sharkespeare-marxism-feudalism-capitalism

Which is Shakespeares most popular play:

https://priceonomics.com/what-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.

Shakespeare web-comic

http://goodticklebrain.com/

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

https://theconversation.com/why-did-shakespeares-father-paint-over-iconic-medieval-murals-69537

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:

http://www.oxfordtoday.ox.ac.uk/news/2015-05-11-dramatic-discovery-bodleian

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