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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: 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: 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)

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Philip Massinger (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #4)

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. Philip Massinger  was baptised on the 24th of November 1583 and he was the son of a gentleman, Arthur Massinger (or Messanger because… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Philip Massinger (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #4)

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Shakespeare Saturdays: John Lyly (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #3)

I missed Shakespeare Saturday last week. To be honest, I’ve missed a lot of my usual posts recently but I’m back to talk about John Lyly. Never heard of him? Don’t worry. This post is an introduction to who he was… John Lyly was an English writer, poet, dramatist, and courtier. He was born in… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: John Lyly (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #3)

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Thomas Kyd (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #2)

A few weeks ago I started a new mini series about Shakespeare’s contemporaries and this week I’m continuing with Thomas Kyd, who is more of a predecessor of Shakespeare but was still around at the beginning of Shakespeare’s career. Thomas Kyd, born sometime in 1558, was the son of a scrivener. He received a good… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Thomas Kyd (Shakespeare’s Contemporaries #2)