Did Shakespeare Write During Plague?

Did Shakespeare Write During Plague? Elizabethan theaters were frequently shuttered in London during outbreaks of the bubonic plague, which claimed nearly a third of the city’s population. The official rule was that once the death rate exceeded thirty per week,...
Did Shakespeare Have a Pillow?

Did Shakespeare Have a Pillow?

Pillows or beres were considered unmanly, reserved for the old, young girls and pregnant women, yet there was also a belief that it was necessary to sleep propped up to prevent devils entering the open mouth and stealing away your soul. Real men rested their heads on...
Did Shakespeare Have a Pillow?

Did Shakespeare Have a Canopy Bed?

Canopy beds, with their flowing draperies, are today connected with the image of a princess, or a very fancy setup. There is a historical reason for connecting canopy beds with princesses, as it was the nobility in medieval Europe who thought up this beautiful, and as...
Did Shakespeare: Blooper Edition

Did Shakespeare: Blooper Edition

We are throwing it back this week to glance over some of our funniest moments from the last two years of making Did Shakespeare episodes. Researching history, learning to pronounce words you've only seen written (never spoken), and juggling both pets and children to...
Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary (1375-1550)

Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary (1375-1550)

This book was useful to me in helping a fellow historian find the meaning of the phrase “pilles of cochee” we could find from Shakespeare's Words, that Shakespeare had used “pilles” to mean “pills” in King Lear, but were at a loss...