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.
Bears were extinct in England for Shakespeare's lifetime, and yet they traveled for performances around England. Explore bear history with Callan Davies.
Explore the life and illustrations of Conrad Gessner, the 16th C illustrator of a wild variety of animals, with our guest, Dan Hooley.
From bed frames to canopies, night clothes, and sleeping twice in one night, explore sleep habits of Shakespeare with our guest, Sasha Handley
Women weren't a part of professional theater, but did you know they were commonplace in other performance venues? Explore with Pamela Brown.
Catherine de Medici has a flamboyant history and one that intersects with the life of Elizabeth I, the latter having entertained several sons of the former as potential husbands. Learn about this exciting woman with our guest, Estelle Paranque.
Maps in Elizabeth England were varied & complicated. Peter Barber, former Head of Maps at the British Library, is here to share the history.
To raise money for government projects by avoiding raising taxes, Elizabeth I instituted England's first national lottery. Explore the history with guest and historian, Elizabeth Norton.
Medlars appear in Shakespeare's plays, and were a common fruit for his lifetime. Explore their history and recipes with Neil Buttery.
For the 16th century, Banbury would have immediately called up the image of cheese. Explore the history of this insulting cheese with Helen Forde.
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