Tag Archives: Shakespearian biography

Shakespeare and Sensibility

Writing about Montaigne’s influence on The Tempest for my recent blogs has reminded me that my mentor and friend Professor T. J. B. Spencer once said that Shakespeare and Montaigne were the first two authors in Western Literature to demonstrate a capacity to write sympathetically of the sufferings of animals. What he had in mind […]

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Shakespeare’s Inner Sanctum

Yesterday I attended the Current Archaeology Live! Conference at The British Museum. Kevin Colls and Will Mitchell of Birmingham Archaeology who are leading our Dig for Shakespeare were doing a presentation about the project. I was on hand in my capacity as Chair of the Academic Advisory Panel for Dig for Shakespeare, and in case […]

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Much Ado About Marriage

Aston Cantlow, Hampton Lucy, Weston-on-Avon, Temple Grafton, Luddington, Clifford Chambers, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bishopton, Billesley, Worcester St. Martin’s, or Worcester St. Michael’s? Take your pick. All of these churches have a claim. Some facts: Anne (or Agnes) Hathaway was 27; William was 18. She was already three months pregnant when the marriage took place in late November […]

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