So much Shakespeare!
Browse our back catalog of episodes and explore the bonus history gems hidden in the show notes for each one. Use the search bar to find specific topics.
The Great Fires that Ravaged Stratford in 1594 and 1595
Explore the history of the Great Fires that Ravaged Stratford Upon Avon in 1594, 1595, and 1614 with our guest, Bob Bearman.
The Extremely Hairy 16th Century Family of Pedro Gonzales
The Gonzalez family were seen as 16thC curiosities for their excessive hair growth. Explore the history with Merry Wiesner-Hanks.
The Man That Started The Lord Chamberlain’s Men
Explore the life, death, affairs, and military success of Henry Carey, the man who started Shakespeare’s playing company the Lord Chamberlain’s Men.
Heads That Keep Talking After They Are Decapitated (and other wild Royal death stories)
Deaths of monarchs are recorded in details that are both surprising & often macabre. Dive into the history with our guest, Suzie Edge.
David Ingram Walks from Mexico to Nova Scotia in 1568
David Ingram walked from Mexico to Nova Scotia in 1582, detailing his journey in a manuscript Shakespeare could have used for The Tempest.
Thomas Kyd inspires a young William Shakespeare to write plays
Explore the often overlooked inspiration for Shakespeare’s plays, and arguably Shakespeare’s writing tutor, Thomas Kyd with Darren Freebury Jones.
University Drama Performed at 17th Century Colleges
University Dramas were plays performed at colleges, producing famous playwrights like Marlow and Lyly. Daniel Blank shares their story.
Weather Diaries, Records, and Cataloging History Through the literal rain and storms
Weather diaries were kept by merchants and shipowners and others who needed to know as much as we do what the weather would be.
Discovering the Gloucester Shipwreck of 1682 and Status of the uncovered artifacts
The Gloucester shipwreck happened in 1682 with the future King James II on board. Today, artifacts are being rescued & displayed.
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