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Early Modern Mondays: Top 5 Tragedies

I’m starting a new monthly series on my blog called Early Modern Mondays and I just wanted to start this new series by exploring my top five early modern tragedies. These plays aren’t necessarily the “best” tragedies written during the era but they’re my favourites and I’ll explain why they’re my favourites in this post.… Continue reading Early Modern Mondays: Top 5 Tragedies

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Much Ado About Nothing

Happy Saturday! Shakespeare Saturdays are back and I’m kicking things off with Much Ado About Nothing.  Probably written around 1598, Much Ado About Nothing is a Shakespearean comedy. It was published in quarto in 1600, where the title page states that the play was ‘sundry times publicly acted’, allowing the play to be dated to… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Much Ado About Nothing

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Shakespeare Saturdays: A Game at Chess by Thomas Middleton

Happy Saturday! Last week I wrote an overview of the life and works of Thomas Middleton – one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries and one of my favourite playwrights – and I’m focusing on one of his plays this week: A Game at Chess (1624). I think this is the first time I’ve ever written a Shakespeare Saturdays… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: A Game at Chess by Thomas Middleton

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Thomas Middleton (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #7)

Happy Saturday! I have three favourite playwrights from the early modern era: Christopher Marlowe, John Webster, and Thomas Middleton. I haven’t written about any of them yet in this series about Shakespeare’s contemporaries, which is a shame, but I’m correcting that error today by focusing on the life and work of Thomas Middleton. I’m also… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Thomas Middleton (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #7)

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Shakespeare Saturdays: A Not-So-Definitive Guide to Early Modern Theatrical Genres

Happy Saturday, everyone! Today’s post wasn’t supposed to be about genre but I was writing another post – which will go up next week – and this idea presented itself to me. I found myself explaining a couple of particular genres which are uncommon in Shakespeare’s body of work but very common amongst other early… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: A Not-So-Definitive Guide to Early Modern Theatrical Genres

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Women Playwrights in Medieval and Early Modern England

Today’s post is about women who wrote plays in Medieval and Early Modern England. All of these women wrote plays before the Restoration era (which began in 1660) because, although this is not when the early modern era ended, I needed a cut off point. I’ll be writing a couple more posts about women playwrights… Continue reading Women Playwrights in Medieval and Early Modern England

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Shakespeare Saturdays: William Rowley (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #6)

I’m back with another post about a contemporary of Shakespeare! This week I’m looking at the life and work of William Rowley. William Rowley (c.1585 – 1626) was an English Jacobean dramatist. I couldn’t find much information about William Rowley’s early life – even his date of birth is an estimate – so I’ll just move on… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: William Rowley (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #6)

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure, in my opinion, is one of Shakespeare’s most interesting plays. That might be because I’m interested in early modern representations of religion (don’t ask) but Measure for Measure is certainly worth looking into. Measure for Measure was probably written in 1603 or 1604 but it wasn’t published until it appeared in the… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Measure for Measure

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Coriolanus

I haven’t read Coriolanus in a while – and, by a while, I mean five or six years – so this was an interesting exercise. Coriolanus, probably written sometime between 1605 and 1608, is one of Shakespeare’s Roman plays. The others are Anthony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and Titus Andronicus and they’re called Roman plays because they’re all… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Coriolanus

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Francis Beaumont (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #5)

I’m really enjoying these posts about Shakespeare’s contemporaries. No-one else cares but I like the surface level research I’m doing – I never knew reading biographies and whatnot could be so interesting. Francis Beaumont, born 1584, was the son of Sir Francis Beaumont of Grace Dieu, near Thringstone in Leicestershire, who was a justice of… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Francis Beaumont (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #5)