On 22 September 1598, Elizabethan actor Gabriel Spencer settled his creative differences with playwright Ben Jonson with a duel.
Great cities more than a mile long, ‘banquette houses’, elephants, and birds with heads ‘as big as a man’s: the journey of David Ingram.
Two significant new publications push the parameters of how we engage with the most revered writer in the English language.
Christopher Hatton rose to great power as a favourite of Elizabeth I. Born in obscurity, why has he returned to it?
The stage has a short memory, print a long one: 400 years since its first publication, Shakespeare’s First Folio is the reason we remember him.
The age of Shakespeare, and its changing notions of what was funny, gave birth to modern comedy.
In the wake of the failure of the Spanish Armada, England sought retaliation by launching an invasion of its own. But how to finance such a venture?
Nicholas Hilliard was a portraitist at the pinnacle of his profession.
Drake’s exploits in the New World made him perfect material for the English gutter press and a figurehead for rising Hispanophobia.
The mysterious death of Amye Robsart – murdered, as many of her contemporaries thought, at the instigation of her scheming husband, favourite of Queen Elizabeth I – provides one of the strangest unsolved problems in Elizabethan history.