Shakespeare, the “Sailor Man”

In her book, “Shakespeare’s Imagery” (Cambridge University Press, 1935) the author Caroline Spurgeon highlights the predominant topics found in Shakespeare’s plays and poetry and she compares the incidents of these topics in the work of other playwrights and poets, in particular Christopher Marlowe, Sir Francis Bacon, Thomas Dekker, Phillip Massinger and Ben Jonson in theContinue reading “Shakespeare, the “Sailor Man””

Shakespeare and the “Supernatural”

“A sad tale, is best for Winter. I have one of sprites and goblins”-Mamillus (A Winter’s Tale) An overall study of Shakespeare’s plays reveals that the author had more than a casual acquaintance with the supernatural, the paranormal and a preoccupation with ghosts, apparitions, spirits and phantoms (GASP). While this merely reinforces the fact thatContinue reading “Shakespeare and the “Supernatural””

The Elizabethan Festival Cycle

The performance of plays was under the jurisdiction and mindful monitoring of the Lord Chamberlain and the Master of the Revels. No play could be performed publically in the capital or elsewhere without their explicit knowledge and approval. Their role was to censor or remove any seditious or embarrassing material from the text or theContinue reading “The Elizabethan Festival Cycle”

A “Stratfordian Homunculus” Forged And Distilled From Italian Comedy?

It has often been intimated by Shakespeare scholars, dramatists and reviewers that a great number of Shakespeare’s early plays display or contain elements of the Italian street players known as the “Commedia d’el Arte”, who were extremely popular during the early part of the Italian Renaissance between the 15th and 16th centuries. Among the mainContinue reading “A “Stratfordian Homunculus” Forged And Distilled From Italian Comedy?”

“Not Without Mustard”

“Or, the True, Lamentable Tragedy of Edward de Vere” A Screenplay by Leonidas Kazantheos In six months time, that is sometime in the year 2023 many theatres and literary and media institutions will probably be celebrating or commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the publication of William Shakespeare’s 1623 Folio of Romances, Tragedies, Comedies and Histories.Continue reading ““Not Without Mustard””

The Anonymous & Pseudonymous “Shake-speare”

Key Dates, Characters & Events The following is a historical timeline of dates, characters and significant events taking place in London and elsewhere that had an impact on the theatrical milieu and its relationship to other important events, religious, political and social. The timeline is an attempt to compare the life circumstances of Edward deContinue reading “The Anonymous & Pseudonymous “Shake-speare””

The “Four Worlds” in Qaballah

The Greek Tectractys is a symbolic arrangement of 10 points, on 4 levels incorporated into astrological symbolism from Pythagorean and Gnostic schools which includes alphabetical and numerical attributes from Hebrew, Greek and Latin sources. Each level denotes an elemental attribute, from fire, air, water, and earth. However, the total of the numbers assigned to theContinue reading “The “Four Worlds” in Qaballah”

The “Neo-Platonic Magic” of Shakespeare

In her book “The Occult Philosophy of the Elizabethan Age” (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1979) the occultist and author, Frances Yates suggests that the works of Shakespeare are derived from the prevailing ideas and concepts of Christian Caballists seeking an evolved and deeper meaning to Biblical teaching. This evolved philosophy was intended to convert MuslimsContinue reading “The “Neo-Platonic Magic” of Shakespeare”

The Shakespeare Authorship Controversy

“He who desires to understand Shakespeare truly must understand the relations in which Shakespeare stood to the Renaissance and the Reformation, to the age of Elizabeth and the age of James; he must be familiar with the history of the struggle for supremacy between the old classical forms and the new spirit of romance, betweenContinue reading The Shakespeare Authorship Controversy

The Month of November

November the 5th is traditionally the most popular celebration of the thwarting of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605, supposedly planned and partly executed by the Catholic insurgent Guido Fawkes. Other tenuous influences involve the presentation of Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, a dramatic horror story derived from George Buchanan’s “Rerum Scoticarum Historia” (1582) and Matthew Gwynne’s LatinContinue reading The Month of November