Shakespeare’s Missing Connections

To view or download this article as a PDF click here. In his famous book, Palladis Tamia (1598), Francis Meres groups the best English playwrights into two lists: the ‘best for tragedy’ and the ‘best for comedy.’ Shakespeare and Chapman are the only two playwrights whom Mere deems good enough to qualify for bot....

A Yorkshire Tragedy

To view or download this article as a PDF click here. In 1560, Amy Robsart, wife to Robert Dudley, afterwards Earl of Leicester and favourite of the Queen, died after a fall down the stairs at Cumnor. While Leicester was cleared of blame at the subsequent inquest, his absence at the funeral and at the […]....

Coming of Age: Five Milestones...

To view or download this article as a PDF click here. In the year 1571, Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, achieved his majority, having reached 21 years of age. Ranking high among the peers because of his ancestry, he assumed the hereditary role of Lord High Chamberlain to the Queen. He had already seen […]....