Who was the man behind Hamlet, Romeo, Falstaff and Lear? And why did he write, ‘I, once gone, to all the world must die’?
In this ground-breaking work Charles Beauclerk moves beyond the narrow confines of traditional Shakespearean scholarship to explore the political milieu in which Shakespeare lived and worked and the life-and-death struggle he underwent in the name of his ‘cause’. In doing so, he humanizes the bard who for centuries has remained beyond our grasp.
The story revealed is one of betrayal and sacrifice at the heart of government, with Shakespeare forced to fight both for the survival of his works—and his very identity. The official history, that of a barely educated genius writing in isolation and a virginal queen married to her country, is exposed as artful propaganda.
Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom delves deep into the conflicts and personalities of Elizabethan England, and the plays themselves, to cast new light on the greatest and most mysterious artist the world has known.
“Where do you think you’re going?”
“How could you be so stupid?”
Throughout her twenty-three-year marriage, Karen Heckman Stork endured belittling and insulting remarks, sarcastic jokes, and barbed criticisms from her husband. The barrage of verbal abuse and controlling behavior eroded her self-confidence. To protect herself, she adopted the coping mechanism of “walking on eggshells” to placate her husband. His controlling behaviors escalated until that night when Karen decided she would no longer deny her truth.
Screw the Eggshells: Finding My Self After Verbal and Emotional Abuse explains the author’s struggle through years of verbal and emotional abuse, and the underlying risk of physical violence. She shares her early years of growing up, and takes the reader through the chapters of her life that followed, filled with the adventures and realized dreams she experienced after finding her “self.” Helpful insights and resources are provided for those finding themselves in similar situations.
Fourteen years ago I bought Missy. She was incredible, had a bad attitude and she hated me. I immediately decided, buying Missy was the stupidest thing I’d ever done, until she talked to me. Missy ﬁrst talked when she really wanted something, tried to get it herself and failed. In frustration, she turned to me and asked me to get it for her. When she asked, she said it clearly, in complete sentences. She was surprised that I understood and got it for her. I was amazed that she asked so clearly. I’ve paid attention ever since. Now, Missy talks all the time. Once I got more horses, I realized, they all talk. If we don’t notice, horses give up and don’t try to talk to us anymore. We can learn how horses think, processes information and talk.
I reject the term, “Breaking Horses”. I don’t want broken horses, so I don’t break them. I want spirited, intelligent, engaged horses. Breaking horses makes them anxious and reactive. Its archaic thinking, like controlling a wife was in the 50’s. This book explains how I lead, with respect, between me and my horses, as their leader. My horses trust me to lead. Yours will too.
This book explains….
– How I talk to horses. How anyone can, if you learn how horses think and speak.
– How to earn your respected position in their herd, as their Leader.
– How to ﬁx incorrect or ill behavior, by telling them, “Wrong answer. Find a better answer.” How to show your horse what you want, have them trust you, become brave, and try.
– How to become conﬁ dent and share that conﬁdence with your horse, without arrogance. How to interpret what your horse is saying, by what your horse is showing you.
– How to help an abused horse overcome PTSD, learn to trust and feel safe with you.
– How to turn a reactive brain off, turn their thinking brain on, so they can respond and not react. How to read your horse’s ears, because ears say as much as their eyes say.
– How to approach a horse, who sees you with one eye, ask them for two eyes, and why it matters. How a horse’s brain is different than a human’s and what that means while you work with them.
”May your Horse ‘want to’ be with you”
Margo’s an Author, Horse Trainer & Spotted Saddle Horse Breeder, Musician and Screenwriter in Tennessee, with eight horses, a bunch of goats, two dogs, and one really bossy cat.
The years immediately before the First World War saw the last great flowering of European monarchy. Although sovereigns no longer ruled by divine right, their prestige and positions remained almost intact. The glittering centerpieces of national life, those crowned and anointed monarchs were still widely regarded as mystical, unassailable, divinely guided. And, with the majority of them being so closely related, they constituted a royal clan, an international freemasonry through which it was assumed the peace of Europe was being maintained.
World War I shattered all this. King took up arms against king; cousin was pitted against cousin. Twelve leading monarchs, ranging from the vainglorious Kaiser Wilhelm II to such lesser-known figures as the brigandly Nicholas of Montenegro, the ‘outre’ Foxy Ferdinand of Bulgaria and the tragic Emperor Karl of Austria-Hungary, were involved in the conflict. For, in the end, that celebrated kinship of the family of kings proved irrelevant. Against the upheavals of these years, monarchs were revealed as both powerless and impotent.
Here, Theo Aronson has assembled the entire cast of embattled monarchs. His is the story of eight momentous years viewed, as it were, from the monarchical standpoint; an account of the passing, not only of their particular world, but of the entire monarchic and dynastic order of the Continent. It describes the brilliant sunset and the dramatic break-up of the Europe of the Kings
What do you do when you wake up in your mid-forties and realize you’ve been living a lie your whole life? Do you tell? Or do you keep it to yourself?
Laura James found out that she was autistic as an adult, after she had forged a career for herself, married twice and raised four children. Odd Girl Out tracks the year of Laura’s life after she receives a definitive diagnosis from her doctor, as she learns that ‘different’ doesn’t need to mean ‘less’ and how there is a place for all of us, and it’s never too late to find it.
Laura draws on her professional and personal experiences and reflects on her life in the light of her diagnosis, which for her explains some of her differences; why, as a child, she felt happier spinning in circles than standing still and why she has always found it difficult to work in places with a lot of ambient noise.
Although this is a personal story, the book has a wider focus too, exploring reasons for the lower rate of diagnosed autism in women and a wide range of topics including eating disorders and autism, marriage and motherhood.
This memoir gives a timely account from a woman negotiating the autistic spectrum, from a poignant and personal perspective.
“Unlike most sensitive people, he did not spend his time nursing his own sensitivities; instead he used them as a means to find his way into the hearts and minds of others.”
This books is part of a trilogy devoted to the foremost among the older English poets: Milton, Chaucer and, here, Shakespeare.
Many, if not most, Shakespearean scholars have despaired of moving beyond the poet’s so-called objectivity to get at the man himself. Drawing upon the known facts of Shakespeare’s life, the writings of his contemporaries, and, above all, his immortal works, the distinguished scholar and critic Edward Wagenknecht establishes that Shakespeare was “an extraordinarily sensitive man” who “used his sensitivities to find his way into the hearts and minds of others.”
Shakespeare had, moreover, a warm, genial, and sunny imagination; he wrote more comedies than tragedies or histories. He was also a private person who “kept the citadel of his personality untouched.” His conclusion is that “there is nobody in secular history at least to whom we owe more than we do to Shakespeare”, fine praise indeed for a praiseworthy man.
Wagenknecht’s work quotes from many of Shakespeare’s characters, into whose mouths the playwright feeds his view of the world: its people, religions, organisations, ethics and morals.
There are also two appendices written by other critics of Shakespeare, further illuminating the life and times of the bard.
Edward Wagenknecht (1900-2004) was a prolific writer of books about literary and other celebrated figures of British and American culture. His subjects included Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Marilyn Monroe and John Milton.
As younger brother of the Black Prince, and fourth son of Edward III, John of Gaunt was not destined to play an important role in the Plantagenet dynasty’s fortunes.
Yet the Black Prince and Edward died before their time, and John found his influence increased with the accession of his young nephew, Richard II.
Throughout Richard’s reign he would face accusations of seeking to usurp the throne, and as a result fluctuated in and out of favour for the rest of his life.
Never enjoying military successes as his brother or father had, John found his form in the dynastic games governing Europe, even claiming kingship of Castile and Leon by marriage.
When Richard exiled his eldest son and heir, Henry of Bolingbroke, it would prove a fatal blow for John.
Upon his death in 1399, Richard cancelled the legal documents of Henry’s inheritance; Henry would soon return, and Richard’s days as King would be numbered.
First published in 1904, Armitage-Smith’s authoritative biography of John of Gaunt has set the mark for all those that have followed.
Sir Sydney Armitage-Smith (1876-1932) was a Scholar of New College, Oxford, and a Fellow of University College, London.
Prince Rupert of the Rhine was born in Prague in 1619, heir to a life of incredible privilege. But while he was still a baby, his father, Frederick V, lost his crown in an ill-judged battle against the Habsburg Emperor. Utterly defeated, the family was given just eight hours to flee Prague, and in their hurry to escape, the infant prince was left behind. He was only saved when a courtier conducted a final sweep of the deserted palace and found him crying, alone, on the floor of one of the rooms.
Thus began a life of exile and adventure, which would see the prince at the heart of some of the most momentous events of the century.
Virtually penniless, Rupert decided at the age of twelve to become a soldier. After fighting in the Thirty Years War he eventually made his way to England, where he joined his uncle, Charles I, at the outbreak of the English Civil War. For the next four years he was the king’s most famous general, presiding over some of the war’s most spectacular victories, as well as some of its most ignominious defeats. A huge presence on the battlefield — the prince was six feet four inches tall — he was feared, hated and respected by his enemies in equal measure.
To his fellow Royalists, fighting for King Charles I, Prince Rupert of the Rhine was the archetypal ‘cavalier’. Young, handsome, expert horseman, crack pistol shot, his swaggering style irritated the stuffier of the king’s courtiers almost as much as the ‘Roundheads’ they were fighting. To the parliamentarians, above all Oliver Cromwell, he was the ultimate ‘malignant’, one of those Royalists who fought on even after Charles was executed in 1649.
After the king’s downfall in 1646 Rupert was banished from Britain. Still just 26 years old, he kept the Royalist cause alive as commander of the king’s handful of ships, and for a while lived the life of a pirate prince in the Caribbean. The restoration in 1660 finally brought him back to England, where he successfully led Charles Ifs navy in the wars against the Dutch.
Mary Wollstonecraft was fifteen when, in 1813, she met the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.
A disciple of Mary’s famous father, the philosopher William Godwin (her mother was the great feminist Mary Wollstonecraft), Shelley himself was only twenty, though he was married and soon to be a father.
Mary and Shelley fell in love the next summer; and several months later they ran away together.
Thus began one of the most tragic, poignant, and, in all respects, brilliant relationships between a woman and a man that has ever been recorded.
Shelley went on writing the poetry that was to make him one of the immortals.
And Mary, as the result of a contest to see who could produce the best tale of the supernatural, wrote the classic Frankenstein.
She was nineteen when she completed Frankenstein, which was at first published anonymously because of the prejudice at the time against female writers.
Though they married in 1816, following the suicide of Shelley’s wife, Mary and Shelley were for all their time together considered scandalous for their behaviour; in fact, they were both quite prudish and disapproved, for example, of the celebrated sexual exploits of their friend Lord Byron.
Their lives were dogged by tragedy: suicide in both families, the early deaths of their first two children, and, finally, the death by drowning of Percy Bysshe Shelley at the age of twenty-nine.
This is a story of love and of genius. Of faith and of rebellion.
Mary Shelley was one of the most remarkable and celebrated women of her time, and for all her happiness with her husband, life was not kind to her.
But she never went under, and her story is touching, real, inspiring.