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.
For the 16th century, Banbury would have immediately called up the image of cheese. Explore the history of this insulting cheese with Helen Forde.
Explore the overlap between the real John Caius, Shakespeare's lifetime, and the bard's fictional doctor from Merry Wives of Windsor.
Explore the history of skin grafts and transplant surgery for Shakespeare's lifetime with our guest and author of Spare Parts, Paul Craddock.
Explore the story of the first Englishman to arrive in Japan, William Adams, who landed there suspected of piracy in 1600, when Shakespeare was 36 years old.
Shakespeare's The Tempest was based on a true story, and the character of Stephano was based on the life of Stephen Hopkins. Learn about Hopkins' life and connections to Shakespeare's play with our guest, Andrew Buckley.
Explore the history and uses of the moon for Shakespeare's lifetime with our guest and author, Rachel Aanstad.
Explore the dramatic and pioneering life of John Taylor, the Water Poet, with our guest, Bernard Capp.
Did Shakespeare drink cocktails? Find out this week as our guests, & experts in the history of drink, Jared and Anistatia Brown
walk us through aqua vitae, metheglin, posset, & other 16thC alcoholic beverages.
Cataract Surgery & eye disease appear in Shakespeare’s plays. Explore the history with historian & ophthalmologist, Dr. Chris Leffler.
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