Hosted by Cassidy Cash, That Shakespeare Life takes you behind the curtain and into the real life of William Shakespeare.
Bedlam Hospital with Duncan Salkeld
By the time Shakespeare was writing about Bedlam in Henry VI Part II, the word “bedlam” was part of everyday speech, defined as madness or chaos. One potential reason for the popularity of using Bedlam in early modern plays can be attributed to the display of insane people that began in London in 1576 as a way to raise money for Bedlam Hospital. Our guest this week, Duncan Salkeld shares the history.
The Clink Prison With Alex Lyon
No one knows the full history of The Clink prison and what it was like for Shakespeare better than the curator at The Clink Prison Museum in London, and our guest this week, Alex Lyon.
Letters and the Postal Service with Andrew Pettegree
Here today to take us back to the 16th and early 17th century to explore the role of letters and communication systems in Shakespeare’s lifetime is our guest and author of The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself, Dr. Andrew Pettegree.
Travelling Libraries with Michael Brennan
Today, we are delighted to welcome one of the curators at the Brotherton Library, Dr. Michael Brennan, as an expert in travel and travel books of Shakespeare’s lifetime to tell us about the history and purpose of the travelling library from their exhibit.
Tudor Shoes with Juraj Matejik
Sandals, boots, spurs, and cobbled shoes are all mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays, found in works like Alls Well That Ends Well, Coriolanus, and even Hamlet. This week’s guest is intimately familiar with what is involved in making 15-16th century shoes because that’s exactly what he creates in his shop, NP Historical Shoes. We are delighted to welcome artisan and historical shoemaker, Juraj Matejik to the show this week to help us explore what kind of footwear Shakespeare might have had on his feet.
Shakespeare's Toilet Paper with Tiffany Stern
There may not have been indoor plumbing in Shakespeare’s lifetime, but going to the bathroom still involved cleaning up. Our guest this week, Tiffany Stern, is here to share with us her research into the alternatives to paper that were often used as toilet tissue for early modern London.
I LOVE this podcast. It has helped me understand Shakespeare in a way I simply could not access before.
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. 👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻