Shrove Monday, 1583

OTD in history, (Feb 24, 1583) John Eldred departs London on the Tiger, bound for Aleppo, Syria. Returning in 1588 on the Hercules with a wealth of riches, particularly in nutmeg, his journals would inspire Shakespeare to write “her husband’s to Aleppo gone, master o’ the Tiger”.

I am his direct descendant.

He is the subject of my next book.

John Eldred’s bust in Greater Saxham
Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Incidentally, Feb 24, 1583, was Shrove Monday, too.

The Bard Grants Immortality

Time for another interesting tale from family history! It is generally agreed that the words and works of Shakespeare are immortal. Of his many plays, Macbeth placed 2nd in a “greatest works” compilation this past year, the 400th anniversary of his death. Let us turn briefly to Act 1 Scene 3, featuring those eerie witches (which, sadly, was cut from the Michael Fassbender movie of the play): Continue reading “The Bard Grants Immortality”

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