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Did Shakespeare Take Drugs?

Did Shakespeare take drugs? Until recently there was no clear-cut evidence that Shakespeare took drugs…, but in 2001 analysis of pipe fragments from Shakespeare’s house showed traces of cannabis, cocaine and hallucinogenic nutmeg extracts. It’s not known whether Shakespeare himself partook of these drugs, but it is a distinct possibility.   Read more interesting facts about Shakespeare!

What Exactly Is Early Modern English?

When we talk in English or write anything in English we do not say that we are using ‘modern’ or ‘contemporary’ or ‘twenty-first century’ English. However, in two hundred years from now English speakers will look at the language we use and perhaps refer to it as something like ‘pre-contemporary’ English or give it some […]

Shakespeare Baby Names For Girls

Looking for some inspiration from Shakespeare for baby names for girls? Shakespeare used 75 women’s names in his 35 plays, naming kings, jesters, heroes and warriors…so something for every personality type! Read the full list of Shakespeare baby names for girls below: Adrian – (Coriolanus, The Tempest) Adriana – (The Comedy of Errors) Albany – (King Lear) […]

Shakespeare Baby Names For Boys

Looking for some inspiration from Shakespeare for baby names for boys? Shakespeare used 125 men’s names in his 35 plays, naming kings, jesters, heroes and warriors…so something for every personality type! Read the full list of Shakespeare baby names for boys below: Aaron – (Titus Andronicus) Abram – (Romeo and Juliet) Achilles – (Troilus and Cressida) […]

Oscar Pistorius: A Shakespearean Hero?

The latest image of the great athlete Oscar Pistorius is the one presented to South African Pretoria High Court of the hero drenched in blood after the killing of his girlfriend. There is no concept in South African law of ‘sub judice,’ meaning that a case in progress cannot be discussed in public for fear […]

The 2014 Oscars & Shakespeare

With the 2014 Academy Awards just around the corner we’ve taken a look at the Shakespeare connection to this year’s Oscar nominees. And as with most years, the connections between Hollywood’s top awards ceremony and the Bard of Avon are strong, with no less than 11 Hollywood A-listers have previous with Shakespeare on screen or […]