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Hi! I'm Cassidy Cash, the host of That Shakespeare Life. Each Monday, we explore the history of William Shakespeare by interviewing the experts who know him best. We take a look at the man behind the plays–what did he eat, drink, wear, and who did he hang out with? Separating history from legend, and discovering new things as we go, my hope is to create a vibrant conversation about the life of Shakespeare that lets you learn something new about the bard. When I'm not interviewing guests, I'm creating animated play adaptations and independent documentary films on the life of Shakespeare. 

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What you'll discover behind the curtain:

 

What Did Shakespeare Eat?

Hear a James Beard nominated food historian share recipes from the 16th century, and learn how you can cook up some of these Shakespearean dinners yourself.

What was court life, anyway?

You might have read that Shakespeare appeared “at court” but what does “court” mean? Why was he there? Where was court held? What was the purpose of this gathering?  Learn from an author and lead history expert about the politics of the day and how court was different from the playhouse.

The King James of the King James Bible was a patron of Shakespeare. Was Shakespeare involved in writing the Bible? 

Listen as a real knight, university professor, author, and historian take you into the religious climate of 16th century England. Learn what we can we tell from Shakespeare's works about his own religion, and explore the likelihood (or not?) that Shakespeare might have helped write the King James Bible.

What about those poofy shorts and that earring?

Pop culture shows the Chandos portrait of Shakespeare (shown to the right here) with an earring, and caricatures almost always depict Shakespeare in poofy shorts and tights. Listen as a professional 16th century period costume maker and expert of renaissance men's fashion walk us through the clothing of 16th century England and what Shakespeare would have really worn to work every day.

 

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