Each week on the That Shakespeare Girl YouTube Channel I publish an episode asking the question “Did Shakespeare….?” These episodes are intended in pure intellectual fun precisely because so much of Shakespeare’s life is largely unknown. (There’s a serious lack of records on this guy.) So together we dive in to explore Elizabethan England, gathering evidence for a fun hypothesis, then present you with our plausible (or not?) conclusion. This week’s episode asks the question “Did Shakespeare eat lamprey? 

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Research from this week’s episode and places where you can learn more:

http://foodhistorjottings.blogspot.com/2012/04/samuel-pepys-best-dinner-ever.html

http://quite.com/personal/cafeq/querkyrecipeslamprey.htm

http://quite.com/personal/cafeq/fooddeathtext1.htm

http://www.sarahalbeebooks.com/2013/03/slithery-slope/

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/news-and-views/blogs/the-fisheries-and-angling-team/lancelets-lampreys-and-hagfish

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/302569/Lunching-on-lamprey

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/11758261/Buckingham-Palace-exhibition-Putting-on-a-banquet-in-pictures.html

http://unusualhistoricals.blogspot.com/2011/08/children-of-king-henry-i-of-england.htmlhttp://www.englishmonarchs.co.uk/plantagenet_3.htm

https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303640104577436521487146622

https://rexfactor.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/what-a-way-to-go-top-10-deaths-of-english-kings/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2134356/End-centuries-old-tradition-shortage-Severn-lampreys-means-Queen-s-jubilee-pie-using-Canadian-fish.html

https://www.theanswerbank.co.uk/History/article/what-are-the-lampreys-and-did-they-kill-king-john/

https://pleasanthousebakery.com/

Insult your friends like Shakespeare!

Use this guide to my top 10 favorite insults by Shakespeare (including the plays where you can find them!)