Monthly Archives: July 2012

Simon Schama and The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare and history

Among the must-see television shows for Shakespeare fans this summer has been Simon Schama’s Shakespeare. Love him or hate him, he’s the UK’s highest-profile historian. His style is individual, even eccentric, one minute generalising about the broad sweep of history, … Continue reading

Posted in Plays and Poems, Shakespeare on Stage, Shakespeare's World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Writing Britain at the British Library

When visiting other people’s houses, I always enjoy looking at their bookshelves to see what they like to read, and to keep. All my Shakespeare books are in the room where I work, while books on other favourite subjects are … Continue reading

Posted in Legacy | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The first English Olympic games

On 1 July the Olympic flame came through Stratford, passing over the ancient Clopton Bridge and past Shakespeare’s Birthplace on Henley¬†Street before heading north. Earlier in the day it had passed though the beautiful Cotswold town of Chipping Campden. It … Continue reading

Posted in Legacy, Shakespeare's World | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments