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.

Teaser Tuesday: Collecting Shakespeare

Like the inevitable puns on the Great British Bake-Off (and that’s its name, regardless of what Pillsbury says), the Wheel of Time has turned ’round to Teaser Tuesday. Continue reading “Teaser Tuesday: Collecting Shakespeare”

Weekend Review: Colonial Market Days

I don’t usually talk about weekends because, honestly, not much happens. I do yard work. I read. We go to church on Sunday. But, every once in a while, something happens that I just can’t not write about (congratulations if you followed that double negative!).  Continue reading “Weekend Review: Colonial Market Days”

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”

Shakespeare Sunday: Sonnet 8

It’s time for Shakespeare Sunday! Continue reading “Shakespeare Sunday: Sonnet 8”

Shakespeare Sunday: Hamlet

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