Hosted by Cassidy Cash, That Shakespeare Life takes you behind the curtain and into the real life of William Shakespeare.
Social Order and Architecture with Matthew Johnson
Our guest this week, Matthew Johnson, is here to explain the social phenomenon of upward mobility, define the levels of society that were present for Shakespeare, and walk us through some famous architecture of the 1500s-1600s that reveals where the lines were drawn between the classes for Elizabethan and Jacobean England.
Rules for 17th C Hunting with Karen Kaiser Lee
In her paper, He Cannot Be a Gentleman Which Loveth Not Hawking and Hunting, our guest, Karen Kaiser Lee writes about the popularity of hunting par force under James I and explores the specific hunting treatises that were written during his reign to both define the methods of hunting as well as regulate the kinds of people who would be permitted to participate.
John Harington with Bob Cromwell
This week is Part 2 in our 2 part series on John Harington, the man who invented the first flush toilet in England. Our guest, Bob Cromwell, is hereto explore the life of John Harington as a godson to Elizabeth I, a courtier in the royal court, the author of Orlando Furioso, and a tutor the son of James I during Shakespeare’s lifetime. John Harington created such a splash in society that Shakespeare himself may have included references to Harington in his plays
16th C Puppets with Maureen Benfer
While the rod and string puppets we know today as marionettes would flourish in England by the 18th century, for Shakespeare’s lifetime glove puppets were the star of the show, and shadow puppets can be found in woodcuts and engravings of the period. Shakespeare himself uses the word “puppet” in his plays at least 11 times. Here today to help us explore the world of puppets in 16th century England is our guest, Maureen Benfer.
Galloway Nag with Miriam Bibby
The term “galloway nag,” as used in Shakespeare's Henry VI Part II, is still used in parts of Scotland, England, and Australia to describe a horse of smaller stature that is fast, reliable, and what we call an “easy keeper” here in the US. During Shakespeare’s lifetime, the galloway nag was a source of contention between England and Scotland and an Elite Gift in the 16th Century. Here today to share her research into the Galloway Nag is our guest, Miriam Bibby.
Public Executions with Murat Öğütcü
We can see the culture of public executions echoed in Shakespeare’s plays, and those of his contemporaries, and how they choose to display--or avoid--the presentation of death on stage. Here today to take us into the culture of early modern England and help us understand the reasons, methods, and place of public execution and why Shakespeare may have chosen to handle death the way he did in his works, is our guest Murat Öğütcü.
Truly great podcast
Cassidy Cash has an encyclopedic knowledge of Shakespeare and asks incisive questions to her excellent guests. Every episode reveals a new, often unexpected angle of Elizabethan and Jacobean life.
Sir Stanley Wells & Shakespeare’s Sonnets
This program was fantastic. The book is the best way to the sonnets. Erudite, very readable & thought provoking.
Ms Cash’s podcast was wonderful. Probing, thoughtful questions & follow ups. Sir Stanley was able to answer & illuminate. Thanks for this podcast. 👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻
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.