Tag Archives: King John

Searching for Hungarian Shakespeares

We’ve had the pleasure of welcoming Hungarian Shakespeare scholar, Dr Julia Paraizs, to The Shakespeare Centre recently, and she sends this dispatch about her research here: ‘I recently had the pleasure to have access to the outstanding collection of The Shakespeare Centre Library. This is a brief account of my work with relevance to the […]

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Shakespeare and the Senses: The Pain of Seeing

Paul Edmondson and I gave a talk at Shakespeare’s Globe recently on Shakespeare’s sonnets and the senses. We shall probably blog about it all before long, but in the meantime here are a few thoughts about Shakespeare and sight which didn’t go into our talk. Shakespeare’s writings are packed with references to the value of […]

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Shakespeare’s Sources – King John

Continuing my series on Shakespeare’s sources I turn my attention to King John and the mystery of the death of Prince Arthur. In Shakespeare’s play Arthur’s death is not mysterious at all. In what can be staged as a very dramatic moment the boy throws himself from the battlements with the final cry of ”Heaven […]

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The Marriage of True Minds?

My daughter has been invited to read at a friend’s wedding, so she asked me if I could suggest an appropriate passage from Shakespeare. This set me thinking about the use of Shakespeare for public occasions. The most surprising choice I remember for a wedding was when the best man chose to read Hamlet’s verses […]

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