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Hosted by Cassidy Cash, That Shakespeare Life takes you behind the curtain and into the real life of William Shakespeare.

That Shakespeare Life Cassidy Cash

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    • 4.8, 21 Ratings

Hosted by Cassidy Cash, That Shakespeare Life takes you behind the curtain and into the real life of William Shakespeare.

    Ep 110: The Paston Letters with Rob Knee

    Ep 110: The Paston Letters with Rob Knee

    The Paston Letters are a collection of private correspondence that details what it was like to live through the War of the Roses. We can compare these letters to Shakespeare's plays to understand characters like Jack Cade, and the character of Falstaff whom some scholars believe was based on a relative to the Pastons, a John Fastolf. Our guest, Rob Knee, from the Paston Heritage Society, is here to help us explore the Paston Letters and their role in the life of William Shakespeare.

    • 32 min
    Ep 109: 16th Century Playing Cards with Kathryn James

    Ep 109: 16th Century Playing Cards with Kathryn James

    As playing cards grew in popularity in 16th C England, so did their design and the invention of various games--some of which like Noddy and Maw show up by name several of Shakespeare’s plays. To find out the details about playing cards for Shakespeare's lifetime, we turn to Kathryn James, Curator of Early Modern Books and Manuscripts at the Beinecke Library at Yale University.

    • 28 min
    Ep 108: Elizabethan Corsets with Cass Morris

    Ep 108: Elizabethan Corsets with Cass Morris

    Cass Morris has done extensive research into the history of Elizabethan corsets. Cass joins us today to set straight some myths about what women wore in the 16th century, as well as to share what she’s learned about how Shakespeare’s playing company portrayed female characters on stage, and whether items like a corset could have been used (or varied) to distinguish between the classes of women in Shakespeare’s stories.

    • 27 min
    Ep 107: Beer & Taverns with Rebecca Lemon

    Ep 107: Beer & Taverns with Rebecca Lemon

    Our guest this week, Rebecca Lemon, joins us today to explain some of the most common alcoholic beverages, the state of alcoholism in the 16th century, and what understanding these facts about the cultural relationship to alcohol can tell us about Shakespeare’s characters whose personalities were specifically inclusive of drunken behavior like Falstaff and Prince Hal.

    • 34 min
    Ep 106: Rudolf II and the Hapsburg Family with Peter Wilson

    Ep 106: Rudolf II and the Hapsburg Family with Peter Wilson

    Shakespeare comments on the threat of Don John, the war between the Spanish & Dutch, and the oddities of the strange, isolated, King of Bohemia, Rudolf II, in plays like King John, which was written the same year Rudolf II died. Jonsons’ The Alchemist specifically insults, the Hapsburg family. Here to introduce us to the life of Rudolf II, the Hapsburg family, and the Austrian/Spanish part of Shakespeare's life is our guest, Peter Wilson.

    • 20 min
    Ep 105: Guns in Elizabethan England with Grace Tiffany

    Ep 105: Guns in Elizabethan England with Grace Tiffany

    We know from the burning of The Globe theater that canons, at least, had a place in 16th century theater, so does that mean guns and gunpowder did as well? Here to help us explore the advent of the hand gun and portable firearms that took place in England during the life of William Shakespeare is our guest, Grace Tiffany.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

WendyInVirginia ,

A Joy to Listen To!

This podcast is a refreshing break from the regular line-up! If you enjoy history and exploring life and liturerature in new ways... you'll love it! The passion Cassidy Cash has for Shakespeare has even helped me think differently about what I want to pursue in my own life.

Seth in Oregon ,

The authoritative source

Not only is Cassidy an expert in Shakespeare’s life, her world-class guests take the listener as deep as you want to go into the details surrounding the times, customs, and mysteries of Shakespeare. A true gem.

Dr Booze ,

Stressed? Need a break? Listen to this one!

Wow, this is such a worthwhile listen. Why? Personal development podcasts repeat the same advice. News podcasts get my blood pressure up. Marketing podcasts costs me tons of time and money looking into the latest online gizmos you MUST have. But "That Shakespeare Life" is none of that: it's refreshing, entertaining and I'm learning alot. Cassidy and her guests are having a blast and it makes my day better. Spend some time listening - you can always go back to your stressful, repetitive, costly podcasts later!

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