Episode 005: Shakespeare and Stratford

A recreation by Ivan Lapper of Queen Elizabeth’s progress to Kenilworth, being greeted by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, in 1575.

“Thou hadst small Latin and lesse Greek…”

In episode five, we explore William Shakespeare’s family background, his childhood in Stratford-upon-Avon, and follow him from school to wedlock to the open road. Along the way, we learn what to do in Stratford in the 1500s, how many Annes there were, and why you should never burn historical books just to boil your kettle.

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Links mentioned:

Giles Fletcher, Licia, Poem 28

The Sweating Sickness

Bill Bryson, “Shakespeare: The World as Stage” 

Anthony Burgess, “Shakespeare”

Peter Levi, “The Life and Times of William Shakespeare”

Shakespeare’s birthplace

Lady Jane Grey

Peter Ackroyd, “Shakespeare “

George Peele, “His Golden Locks Time hath to Silver Turn’d” from Polyhymnia

Shakespeare’s baptism recorded at Stratford

Gregorian Calendar

The Queen and “Palamon and Arcite”

Greer, “Shakespeare’s Wife”

Stanley Wells on Twitter re: our connection to older eras

The school at Stratford

Shakespeare’s “small Latin and lesse Greek”

Stephen Greenblatt, “Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare”

Erasmus: 150 ways to say “Thankyou for your letter” in Latin

Edmund Spenser, Sonnet 54

Kenilworth Castle, site of Queen Elizabeth’s progress

Samuel Butler, Erewhon

Chidiock Tichborne, Elegy

Shakespeare’s marriage license

Anne Whateley at Wikipedia

Anthony Burgess, “Nothing Like the Sun”

Robert Nye, “Mrs. Shakespeare: The Complete Works”

Commonplace book

Don Paterson, “Reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets”

Sonnet 145

Queen Elizabeth’s speech to the troops at Tillsbury

William Beeston, son of Christopher

Alexander Houghton’s will

Duff Cooper, “Sergeant Shakespeare”

Shakespeare poaching deer

Samuel Schoenbaum, “Shakespeare: A Compact Documentary Life”

The 2017 “Will” series

The death of William Knell

Katherine Duncan-Jones, “Ungentle Shakespeare”

The first flush toilet in England


Sergei Prokofiev, “Montagues and Capulets”, from Romeo and Juliet (ballet), 1935

John Dowland, Galliard for the Queen and Robert Dudley

The Baltimore Consort performing Greensleeves (trad.)

Music in the Time of ShakespeareTeares of the Muses

 –  The Earl of Essex Galliard

The King’s Singers performing Greensleeves

William Byrd’s The Carman’s Whistle

The Early Music Consort of London performing:

– John Dowland, Flow My Tears (Lachrimae)

Downland, Michill’s Galliard

  • The Jew’s Dance

The Choir of New College Oxford performing Thomas Tallis’ Spem in alium


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