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Births, baptisms and burials

I wrote in 2014 about the documentary records of Shakespeare’s baptism at Holy Trinity Church on 26 April 1564. There’s a lot of confusion about the actual date of Shakespeare’s birth, but at the time it was the date of … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s (un)happy families

Shakespeare rarely describes a really happy family: in The Taming of the Shrew and King Lear the sisters compete vigorously, their fathers failing to understand their daughters, in Henry IV the king misjudges his young son Hal, Juliet’s parents both … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s fathers: nature or nurture?

It’s Father’s Day in the UK today, and the prime minister, David Cameron, is taking the opportunity to have a go at fathers who fail to take financial or emotional responsibility for their families. There are children growing up …who … Continue reading

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