Elizabethan England

Sin on the South Bank

Amy Licence | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

Flowing through the heart of the capital, the history of the river Thames offers a powerful symbol for the lives of Londoners through the centuries. In fact, there have been people living on the site since before Roman times, washing there, catching fish and watching the horizon for signs of invaders.

Shakespeare's Secret Love for Richard III: Elizabethan Textual Politics

Amy Licence | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

In the past few weeks, I've been disturbed by online questions I've seen posed about Shakespeare's 1592 play, Richard III. These have ranged from wondering why the playwright was a liar, to a complete rejection of all of his plays by devoted Ricardians

Shakespeare on Toast: The Scottish Play-Guy Fawkes, Will's Rhymes and Other Bardic Delights

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 23.01.2014 | Home
Annie Martirosyan

I particularly appreciate Crystal's frankness and open-mindedness - he never claims every line Shakespeare wrote is sacred. Nor does he blindly accept all of Shakespeare's plays as equally brilliant.

The Rose Theatre: An Elizabethan Tragedy

Richard O'Brien | Posted 05.10.2012 | Home
Richard O'Brien

Round the back of London's South Bank, something important is hidden away. It's within easy walk of a currently rammed Olympic transport hub, but unlike London Bridge, there's no one in a purple and orange overall to offer helpful and insistent directions. In fact, you'd be forgiven for thinking there'd been something of a cover up.

Why Edmund Spenser Matters

Andrew Hadfield | Posted 26.08.2012 | Home
Andrew Hadfield

Literary biographers almost invariably conclude that their subject is unjustly neglected and deserves to be more widely read. Few writers have a reputation as uninspiring as Edmund Spenser (1554?-99), a poet who commands hardly any general readers and who English undergraduates routinely shun.