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

    Ep 103: Corn Famine & Coriolanus with Lauren Shook

    Ep 103: Corn Famine & Coriolanus with Lauren Shook

    While the King, James I, took actions to combat the shortage of corn in England, theater seems to have played a role in communicating the citizens unrest and unhappiness over the famine. Lauren Shook is here this week to help us explore The Corn Famine of 1608 and explain how the corn famine started, what James did specifically to try and combat it, how the Bible played a role in combating the famine, and why Shakespeare wasn’t tried for treason for writing Coriolanus.

    • 34 min
    EP 102: Richard Miller on Ophelia's Flowers

    EP 102: Richard Miller on Ophelia's Flowers

    Richard Miller has  quite extensively put together Ophelia’s Bouquet, an article that illuminates the history of William Shakespeare that is found in Ophelia’s Flowers. Richard is here today to share the history of 16th century plants with you, and finally explain why these flowers are so important, and what you need to understand about the life of William Shakespeare when you discover Ophelia’s bouquet in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

    • 27 min
    Ep 101: John Florio with Marianna Iannaconne

    Ep 101: John Florio with Marianna Iannaconne

    Fencing language, and indeed the English language’s description of weapons overall, was influenced heavily by a man whose greatness is often eclipsed by that of Shakespeare and Jonson--that man is John Florio. Credited in print by Jonson personally, as well as praised by Salviolo, Henry Wriothesley, Philip Sydney, and other prominent 16th c figures. Here to share the Shakespeare history of John Florio is our guest Marianna Iannaconne, Director at Resolute John Florio

    • 34 min
    Ep100: David Crystal and How Shakespeare Sounded

    Ep100: David Crystal and How Shakespeare Sounded

    William Shakespeare had his own way of pronouncing words. Exploring how to define what that pronunciation was is a special field of historical linguistics called Original Pronunciation. Our guest this week, Dr. David Crystal is the leading expert in the field of Original Pronunciation and he joins us this week to talk about how an experiment he lead at The Globe theater in London taught everyone involved how important understanding the spoken language is to understanding Shakespeare’s plays.

    • 39 min
    Ep 99: Lynn Bowser and Argaty Red Kites

    Ep 99: Lynn Bowser and Argaty Red Kites

    In the late 15th century, the King of Scotland decreed kites should be killed whenever possible, and that perspective on kites contrasted starkly with the later role the kite in England, where they were a protected asset in London for eating plague spreading vermin. This week we welcome Lynn Bowser, co-owner at Argaty Red Kites, Central Scotland’s only red kite feeding station, to introduce us to the 16th century history of the persistent red kite.

    • 29 min
    Ep 98: Dawn Tucker and Elizabethan Acrobats

    Ep 98: Dawn Tucker and Elizabethan Acrobats

    I had the pleasure of hearing Dawn speak on this topic of acrobatics in Shakespeare’s England at the Blackfriars conference last year, and I am delighted to welcome her to the studio today to share with us what she found inside the Master of the Revels accounts and Chambers archive about Shakespeare’s performance history.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 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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