Tag Archives: Beatrice

“He cannot by the duello avoid it!”

Most of Shakespeare’s aristocratic patrons would be intimately familiar with the arts of swordplay. Furthermore, Shakespeare as a trained actor would have studied fighting accurately to replicate it onstage. This is why Shakespeare takes many opportunities to mention duelling culture in his plays, especially within the comedies.  Shakespeare uses duel references to comic effect in […]

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‘How to Know if Someone Is in Love’: An Examination of Elizabethan Courtship in Much Ado About Nothing.

Like any other animal, human beings adopt a series of behaviours to show interest in mating in an appropriate way.  In the Elizabethan era, courtly love meant that a man strove to obtain his lady both through force of arms and through his skill in poetry. Benedick and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing despise […]

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Sonnets for Advent 15: Sonnet 57

Somehow it’s easy to imagine this sonnet being spoken by Kate in The Taming of the Shrew or by Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing; its tone is playfully sarcastic. Moreover, Sonnet 57 is overridingly dramatic (rather than lyrical) which makes it richly suggestive of a character and situation from one of the plays. But […]

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Shakespeare’s Women

From the young and in love, to the old and wise, from the worryingly cranky to the grounded and gritty, Shakespeare’s women come in a wonderful variety. Asked to pick your favorite who would you choose?  Would you choose the witty if wary Beatrice? Or the young and tragic Juliet? Or perhaps one of the […]

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Romance and the Bard

You might think that Shakespeare’s plays (surely the epitome of high art) are a world away from romance novels of Mills and Boon (regarded by many as low brow), but they might have more in common than you think. Janice Radway is an academic who has spent years researching the construction of Mills and Boon […]

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Short Short Stories

I have recently been exploring the world of twitter so look out for my tweets on behalf of the Birthplace Trust – or even better send me a tweet. Anyway, yesterday I saw a tweet that made me think and it went something like this… “How short is a story?” This got me thinking about […]

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