Category Archives: Elizabethan

TO THE LORD CHANCELLOR (with chicken)

They were resolved they would try the experiment presently. They alighted out of the coach and went into a poor woman’s house at the bottom of Highgate hill, and bought a fowl, and made the woman extenterate it. 1 the snow’s … Continue reading

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A History Sonnet by William Shakespeare

Re-reading Henry V I found myself enjoying the form of the final chorus in Act V. Whereas the previous choruses at the beginning of each act are written in blank verse, the final chorus is an epilogue in rhyme and … Continue reading

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THE DEATH WARRANT OF KYD AND MARLOWE

Since words nor threates nor any other thinge     canne make you to avoyd this certaine ill Weele cutte your throtes, in your temples praying     Not paris massacre so much blood did spill.. Fly, Flye, & never returne. per. Tamberlaine   … Continue reading

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MARLOWE’S HEART OF DARKNESS

‘Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight And burned is Apollo’s laurel bough’ – Dr Faustus   The death of Christopher Marlowe is one of the most fascinating if disturbing stories in the history of English literature, … Continue reading

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SHAKESPEARE’S NEIGHBOUR FROM HELL

Let us suppose – as Geoffrey Marsh does  in his TLS article of April 19 – that Shakespeare moved into the parish of St Helen’s Bishopsgate before 1594; and that he was staying in property owned by the Leathersellers Hall.  It … Continue reading

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EMILIA BASSANO LANIER: SHAKESPEARE’S DARK LADY

Poet Niall McDevitt tells the widely known but little appreciated story of Emilia Bassano, Shakespeare’s lifelong muse, and – as Emilia Lanier – the first woman to publish a book of original poetry in England. In the heart of London … Continue reading

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THE SQUARE MILE SHAKESPEARE

Poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt commemorates the month of Shakespeare’s birth and death with his much imitated but never equalled walk THE SQUARE MILE SHAKESPEARE.   McDevitt proves that you don’t have to go to Stratford-on-Avon, or Bankside, to explore the buskined … Continue reading

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THE DEVIL ON THE STAGE

It is thanks to the rabid, theatre-bashing Puritan, William Prynne, that we know about an early performance of Christopher Marlowe’s masterpiece, Doctor Faustus. It took place in the courtyard pictured above, one of the great inn-yard theatres of London, situated … Continue reading

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WALSINGHAM HOUSE

Walsingham House is a property located at 35 Seething Lane. It commemorates a former resident of the street, better known as the address of Samuel Pepys. The building is currently undergoing a major refurbishment, accumulating storeys. Walsingham’s visage is obscured … Continue reading

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