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Music, culture, the arts, maritime exploration - Renaissance England was an exciting place to be. So much happening! Breaks with Rome. Wars with France. And Scotland. And Spain! Twice a month, we'll look at some aspect of Renaissance England that will give you a deeper understanding into life in the 16th century. Go to http://www.englandcast.com for more info.
 
Elizabethan Demonology: An Essay in Illustration of the Belief in the Existence of Devils, and the Powers Possessed By Them, as It Was Generally Held during the Period of the Reformation, and the Times Immediately Succeeding; with Special Reference to Shakespeare and His Works This Essay is an expansion, in accordance with a preconceived scheme, of two papers, one on "The Witches in Macbeth," and the other on "The Demonology of Shakespeare," which were read before the New Shakespeare Society ...
 
LibriVox volunteers bring you 17 recordings of The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for September 30, 2012.Christopher Marlowe was an English dramatist, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. Marlowe was the foremost Elizabethan tragedian of his day.[2] He greatly influenced William Shakespeare, who was born in the same year as Marlowe and who rose to become the pre-eminent Elizabethan playwright after Marlowe's mysterious e ...
 
Christopher Marlowe's Elizabethan tragedy focuses on the downfall of King Edward II, whose love for his favorite courtier, Piers Gaveston, leads to rebellion. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)CastGaveston: Chuck WilliamsonKing Edward II: Martin GeesonLancaster/Berkeley: ToddMortimer Senior/Monks/Matrevis: Ric FMortimer Junior: mbEarl of Kent: Arielle LipshawEarl of Warwick/Sir John of Hainault/Lightborn: Alan MapstoneBishops of Coventry, Winchester, and Canterbury/Spencer Senior: Algy PugQueen Is ...
 
Director Roland Emmerich, writer John Orloff and actor Rhys Ifans discuss the controversial new film at the Apple Store, Regent Street, in London. Set in the political snake-pit, of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued, academics and brilliant minds, namely: who actually created the body of work credited to, William Shakespeare?
 
Tamburlaine the Great is the name of a play in two parts by Christopher Marlowe. It is loosely based on the life of the Central Asian emperor, Timur 'the lame'. Written in 1587 or 1588, the play is a milestone in Elizabethan public drama; it marks a turning away from the clumsy language and loose plotting of the earlier Tudor dramatists, and a new interest in fresh and vivid language, memorable action, and intellectual complexity. Along with Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy, it may be consid ...
 
Come Rack! Come Rope! is a historical novel by the English priest and writer Robert Hugh Benson, a convert to Catholicism from Anglicanism. Set in Derbyshire at the time of the Elizabethan persecution of Catholics, when being or harboring a priest was considered treason and was punishable with death, it tells the story of two young lovers who give up their chance of happiness together, choosing instead to face imprisonment and martyrdom, so that "God's will" may be done. The book was written ...
 
The Merry Wives of Windsor is a comedy by William Shakespeare, first published in 1602, though believed to have been written prior to 1597. It features the fat knight Sir John Falstaff, and is Shakespeare's only play to deal exclusively with contemporary Elizabethan era English middle class life. (Summary by Wikipedia)Cast:Anne Page, Mistress Page's daughter: Elizabeth BarrBardolph, sharper attending on Falstaff: AlanDoctor Caius, a French physician: Marty KrisFalstaff: Mark F. SmithFenton, ...
 
Christopher “Kit” Marlowe (baptised 26 February 1564 – 30 May 1593) was an English dramatist, poet, and translator of the Elizabethan era. The foremost Elizabethan tragedian before William Shakespeare, he is known for his magnificent blank verse, his overreaching protagonists, and his own untimely death.The Jew of Malta (1589) is an original story of religious conflict, intrigue, and revenge, set against a backdrop of the struggle for supremacy between Spain and the Ottoman Empire in the Med ...
 
On the Nature of Things, written in the first century BCE by Titus Lucretius Carus, is one of the principle expositions on Epicurean philosophy and science to have survived from antiquity. Far from being a dry treatise on the many topics it covers, the original Latin version (entitled De Rerum Natura) was written in the form of an extended poem in hexameter, with a beauty of style that was admired and emulated by his successors, including Ovid and Cicero. The version read here is an English ...
 
Hamlet is commonly regarded as one of the greatest plays ever written. Drawing on Danish chronicles and the Elizabethan vogue for revenge tragedy, Shakespeare created a play that is at once a philosophic treatise, a family drama, and a supernatural thriller. In the wake of his father's death, Prince Hamlet finds that his Uncle Claudius has swiftly taken the throne and married his mother, Queen Gertrude. The ghost of the dead king then appears and charges Claudius with 'murder most foul.' Ham ...
 
Featuring interviews with both actors and academics, Shakespeare’s Shadows delves into a single Shakespeare character in each episode. Perspectives from the worlds of academia, theater, and film together shape explorations of the Bard’s shadows, his imitations of life — pretty good imitations, ones that reveal enough of ourselves that we’re still talking about them four centuries later.
 
Though it's titled The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the man himself appears only in five scenes in the entire play! However, such is his impact on the events that surrounded him that he still remains the central figure in this psychological drama that combines politics, honor, assassination, betrayal, the lust for power, patriotism and friendship. Set in 44 BC in ancient Rome, it is one of William Shakespeare's early Tragedies. First thought to have been performed in September 1599, William Sha ...
 
Astrophil and Stella is a sonnet sequence written by Philip Sidney, an Elizabethan poet and courtier. It details the frustrated love of Astrophil (whose name means "star-lover") for his beloved Stella (whose name means "star"). It is likely that Sidney based his poems on his own unrequited passion for a married woman. The sequence inspired other sonnet writers of the period, such as Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, and Lady Mary Wroth. (Summary written by Elizabeth Klett)
 
The Bible was first translated into English some time in the 7th century by an unnamed monk known to us as the Venerable Bede. This was the Old English version and the work of translation from Vulgate Latin into Middle English was taken up again in the 14th century by the famous religious dissenter John Wycliffe. Modern translations date from the 16th century onwards and these were sourced from Greek and Hebrew versions as well as Latin. Most translations are made by a large group of scholar ...
 
King Leir is an anonymous Elizabethan play about the life of the ancient Celtic king Leir of Britain. It was published in 1605 but was entered into the Stationers' Register on 15 May 1594. The play has attracted critical attention principally for its relationship with King Lear, Shakespeare's version of the same story. (Summary by Wikipedia)CastKing Leir/Second Watchman/Narrator: Algy PugSkalliger: Caprisha PagePerillus: ToddThe Gallian King/First Watchman: Alan WeymanMumford: David WarnerKi ...
 
Sir Thomas More is a collaborative Elizabethan play by Anthony Munday and others depicting the life and death of Thomas More. It survives only in a single manuscript, now owned by the British Library. The manuscript is notable because three pages of it are considered to be in the hand of William Shakespeare and for the light it sheds on the collaborative nature of Elizabethan drama and the theatrical censorship of the era. The play dramatizes events in More's life, both real and legendary, i ...
 
A poem for Halloween by the 17th century English author Robert Herrick. His poems were not widely popular at the time they were published. His style was strongly influenced by Ben Jonson, by the classical Roman writers, and by the poems of the late Elizabethan era. This must have seemed quite old-fashioned to an audience whose tastes were tuned to the complexities of the metaphysical poets such as John Donne and Andrew Marvell. His works were rediscovered in the early nineteenth century, and ...
 
A mysterious young widow arrives at Wildfell Hall, an Elizabethan mansion which has been empty for many years, with her young son. She lives there under an assumed name, Helen Graham, and very soon finds herself the victim of local slander. Refusing to believe anything scandalous about her, Gilbert Markham discovers her dark secrets. In her diary Helen writes about her husband's physical and moral decline through alcohol and the world of debauchery and cruelty from which she has fled. This p ...
 
A comedy fan fiction podcast, where top comedians read out their original fan fiction. Expect sexy tales of Harry Potter! Weird Star Wars spin-offs! Rock ballads about Star Trek! And improved endings for Game of Thrones! But also none of these things! A niche podcast for anyone who has ever cared way too much about anything. Hosted by Ellen Waddell.
 
Shakespeare's favorite panel show (don't worry, we asked him) is sure to be your favorite too! James Rightmyer Jr. hosts, as guests compete with David Andrew Laws about topics on which he claims to be an expert. (Well, he used to anyway) Whether you know anything about Shakespeare or not, you're sure to feel better about yourself after just one listen!
 
John Donne was an English poet and cleric in the Church of England. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are noted for their strong, sensual style and include sonnets, love poems, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and sermons. His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, especially compared to that of his contemporaries. Donne's style is characterised by abrupt openings and ...
 
This is Hear Me Out, the podcast where Winston Noel and Alden Ford, along with a special guest each episode, explore the songs we love, no matter what literally everyone else says. We are not music officials. We are not music critics or music snobs. We are unqualified on every level to provide any cogent analysis of why a song is good or bad. All we know is, there are songs we just can’t stop loving, even though the world passed its harsh judgment on them long ago. So every episode we sit do ...
 
The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is a play by Christopher Marlowe, based on the Faust story, in which a man sells his soul to the devil for power and knowledge. Doctor Faustus was first published in 1604, eleven years after Marlowe's death and at least twelve years after the first performance of the play. "No Elizabethan play outside the Shakespeare canon has raised more controversy than Doctor Faustus. There is no ...
 
Tamburlaine the Great is the name of a play in two parts by Christopher Marlowe. It is loosely based on the life of the Central Asian emperor, Timur 'the lame'. Written in 1587 or 1588, the play is a milestone in Elizabethan public drama; it marks a turning away from the clumsy language and loose plotting of the earlier Tudor dramatists, and a new interest in fresh and vivid language, memorable action, and intellectual complexity. Along with Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy, it may be consid ...
 
In seventeenth century Venice, a wealthy and debauched man discovers that the woman he is infatuated with is secretly married to a Moorish general in the Venetian army. He shares his grief and rage with a lowly ensign in the army who also has reason to hate the general for promoting a younger man above him. The villainous ensign now plots to destroy the noble general in a diabolical scheme of jealousy, paranoia and murder, set against the backdrop of the bloody Turkish-Venetian wars. This ti ...
 
The Reign of King Edward the Third is an Elizabethan play printed anonymously in 1596. It has frequently been claimed that it was at least partly written by William Shakespeare, a view that Shakespeare scholars have increasingly endorsed. The rest of the play was probably written by Thomas Kyd. The play contains many gibes at Scotland and the Scottish people, which has led some critics to think that it is the work that incited George Nicolson, Queen Elizabeth's agent in Edinburgh, to protest ...
 
The British Studies program at the University of Texas at Austin was created in 1975. For more than thirty years the program has sponsored public lectures in English literature, history, and government, and has conducted a weekly seminar called the Faculty Seminar on British Studies that includes faculty members, graduate students, undergraduates, and members of the Austin community.
 
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I recently came across a new book called the Secret Diaries of Juan Luis Vives by an author I'd never heard of before - Tim Darcy Ellis. I read the book and LOVED it. And so, I had to interview him. The book is awesome, and so is Tim. This is a conversation we had over Zoom in the Tudor Learning Circle (TudorLearningCircle.com to find out more info…
 
Himalaya Learning has commissioned me to do a course on ten kickass Tudor women, and this is episode 1. You can get the entire course - as well as over 100 other courses by people like Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin with a FREE two week trial at www.himalaya.com/kickass. I hope you enjoy the course - it was so much fun to do! See acast.com/privacy…
 
In episode 152 of the Renaissance English History Podcast we continue our tour of the Tudor home with the Bedroom. We talk about the sleeping habits of the Tudors, beds as furniture, rituals that happened in the bedroom, and even courtship. Remember you can grab Tudorcon tickets at englandcast.com/Tudorcon2020. Show notes and transcript are at engl…
 
Back in March I did a series of episodes when the lockdowns were first beginning. Michael Radi stopped by to talk about his musical, The King's Legacy, and share some music. Join my free group at TudorLearningCircle.com to be updated when live chats are scheduled! Thanks to Michael and all the amazing artists. Here are the proper musical credits: "…
 
Vajra Voices, directed by Karen R. Clark, is a female vocal ensemble that sings medieval to modern music. On February 1, 2020 they gave a concert called “In a Medieval Garden” in Santa Cruz, California. We’re going to listen to them sing music of Guillaume de Machaut accompanied by guest artist and multi-instrumentalist Mary Springfels. Join us!…
 
In this episode we do another Year in the Life - this time looking at the year 1580. Earthquakes! The Marriage Game! And Greensleeves. It was a Big Year. Show notes will be going up at englandcast.com/1580. Remember to grab your Tudorcon tickets at englandcast.com/tudorcon2020 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Add the Dark Horse Consort and the Chant Schola to the Green Mountain Project (in Italian, “green mountain” easily translates to “monte verdi” - just saying); gather in the Church of St. Jean Baptiste in New York City on January 3, 2019; stir well; and perform the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. I wonder whether this is the first performance that uses …
 
We’re back with a brand new, extra thirsty episode of Hear Me Out. This episode, we chat about dad bands, theater kids and shoestring water budgets with the amazing Moujan Zolfaghari, from Mission to Zyxx, The Not Too Late Show With Elmo and At Home With Amy Sedaris. Enjoy! Then maybe consider taking a shower! Alden’s Pick: Exile – Kiss You All Ove…
 
Back in March when lockdowns were first starting, I brought some of my favorite Tudor authors on to do Zoom chats with my online community (TudorLearningCircle.com) - Nathen stopped by to do a talk on the Beauforts. The sound isn't great - it's a zoom call, so it's not ideal - but the content is great! Buy his book House of Beaufort here: https://a…
 
In this episode we continue the tour of the Tudor home, talking about the history of the Living Room, and how chimneys made living rooms possible! Show notes will be up at englandcast.com/livingroom. Join the Tudor Learning Circle at TudorLearningCircle.com! If you like this show, the best way you can support it is by leaving a review or rating in …
 
Who was Kit Marlowe? Spy? Genius? Scholar? All of the above? Let's dive deep into Marlowe's life. Show notes will be up at englandcast.com/asap. 👉Remember, if you like this show, the best way you can support it is by leaving a rating on whatever program you're using to listen to this now. And thank you! 🙏 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-o…
 
A year in the life of Elizabethan England - this time we look at 1601. The year of Hamlet. The East India Company's first voyage. Secret correspondence with Scotland. So much good stuff happened this year. Show notes will be up at englandcast.com/1601. Remember if you like this show, I'd be eternally grateful (and you'd earn good indie-podcaster ka…
 
Looking through the rooms of the home from the 16th century - this episode looks at the history of how the kitchen changed during the 16th century. From chimneys to ovens, new technology offered new ways of cooking and preparing food, and changed the way people interacted with the kitchen. Show notes will be up at englandcast.com/kitchen. Also, I'm…
 
In this episode I look at how the Tudors saw their own island's history. Bear with me through the admin - it's been a while since I did a big housekeeping. Then we look at how Brutus of Troy, monastic libraries, and 5th century travel guides to Scandinavia are all related. Show notes up at Englandcast.com/history. Other links of interest: The 2021 …
 
In this episode, I play some favorite Elizabethan Madrigals for May. I didn't want to violate any copyright laws here, so I only play 30 second snippets - for the full playlist go to englandcast.com/madrigals. I hope this can be your soundtrack for spring! Remember, if you like this show, please leave a rating or review at whatever service you use …
 
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