I’m a teacher w/ FCPS and I’ve started a blog called 15 minutes of Primary Sources to help social studies teachers give their students better access to primary sources. My aim is to enrich their historical background by reading from the period they’re studying. I stumbled accross your blog. I already love it. May I please use some of your info on my blog? I would give you the proper citations.
My site is still very much under construction since I teach during the day, but any info/advice/assistance from you would be most appreciative!
I have to say I love the article on comics and Shakespeare. I actually read a couple of comics based on actual plays. I think it is a great way to get students interested in Shakespeare. Many kids already love reading comic books and for those who do not, why not introduce a new type of literature to them? I’m not saying have your students read the comic books instead of the actual plays but to use them as a way to get students to see that Shakespeare is fun.
Like Nosheen I am open to using resources that will make Shakespeare more accessible to students. I recall the foreboding feelings I had years ago thinking about confronting Shakespeare. That was the problem–it was a “confrontation.” These plays, “stories” are to be enjoyed, shared…. On my list are these Shakespeare comics, the films Gnomeo and Juliet and Private Romeo. What great fun it’ll be to experience, compare and analyze these new works inspired by Shakespeare.
Who knows something about public or private health measures in Elizabethan England??
Syphilis was rampant and severe in Elizabethan England (1 ).
Shakespeare left no manuscripts or books and left his second best bed to his wife (2 ).
When John Keats died of pneumonia in Italy in 1821 his furniture was burned and the walls of his rented room were scoured ( 3).
If Shakespeare had syphilis, is there evidence that manuscripts, books, and bed were
burned because of fear of contracting the disease?
What evidence is there that health measures, either public or private, call for destroying personal effects of syphilitics during Elizabethan England?
(2)Ogburn, Charton, Shakespeare’s Self -Portrait, Oxenford Press Publications from The Mysterious William Shakespeare, E. P. M. Publications, 1992.
(3) Motion, Andres, Keats, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1997, page 567.
A line-by-line review of the definitive study, Syphilis in Shakespeare’s England (1), showed numerous indications of syphilis as a communicable disease, but no indication that personal effects were burned. The public baths of medieval towns, the barber shops, the drinking cups, bed linen, privies, spittle, and the custom of kissing were all found to be infectious by Elizabethans. Books on the history of medicine do not write of public health before the eighteenth century. Perhaps the best source of information on public health might be in stories of life in Elizabethan England or from letters between friends, relatives or government.
George Hunter, Retired Social Worker
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI