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Dickens and the theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon

Dickens in 1842 Nineteenth-century novelist Charles Dickens is particularly associated with the festive season. His “little Christmas book” A Christmas Carol was published in 1843 and with its larger than life characters, dramatic plot and...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 30 Nov 2019

The miser’s granddaughter: inheritance and elopement

Amelia Maria Frances Elwes, known as Emily, was the only daughter – and heiress – of George Elwes of Marcham Park in Oxfordshire and Portman Square in London. The newspapers were probably over-egging the pudding a bit when they reported that...
From: All Things Georgian on 3 Sep 2019

Review: “The 19th-Century Underworld: Crime, Controversy & Corruption” by Stephen Carver

By Stephen Basdeo Everyone nowadays seems fascinated by the Victorian criminal underworld. From Ripper Street to Peaky Blinders, it seems people cannot get enough of murdered sex workers and brutal yet gentlemanly gangsters. We all now know the tropes:...

The Truth about the Eccentric Jane Lewson who died aged 116

Where do we begin with this story? Let’s begin with the accounts of Jane’s life as repeatedly recorded ad nauseum since her death in 1816 and which has entered into folklore … after all, why let the facts get in the way of a good story!...
From: All Things Georgian on 8 Feb 2018

Finding Shakespeare Blog Round-up: April 2017

Take a look at the latest blog posts from the collections team at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. National Gardening Week – Tudor Plants (13 Apr) Taking a walk in a Tudor garden might throw up some surprises for the modern visitor. Can you tell...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 1 May 2017


‘Mr Sempronius Gattleton as Othello’, from ‘Mrs Joseph Porter’, illustration by George Cruikshank Dickens turns 205 today. The birthday of a Victorian author, even one as famous as Dickens, may not seem an obvious day of reflection...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 7 Feb 2017

G. W. M. Reynolds’on Robin Hood

Modern period dramas on television often depict the Victorian era as a time when, although there were problems, people never criticised the monarchy or the established order. Yet nothing could be further from the truth, to the extent that Parliament felt...

“Ballad of Robin Hood” (1846)

Research into the Robin Hood tradition has hitherto tended to focus upon canonical texts and poems, especially those from the fifteenth century. Obviously the Robin Hood tradition did not stop there but evolved over the centuries. In the seventeenth century...

The Visit of the Artist Frank Stone

Norma Hampson is a long-standing volunteer at the Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive and has written this blog to share details from her current project, listing visitors from the early Birthplace visitor books.  On the 22nd of May 1857 Frank...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 30 Mar 2016

Christmas and Easter Meet in Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

John M. Grondelski writes some "Catholic Thoughts on A Christmas Carol" for Crisis Magazine, highlighting the religious lessons to be learned from Dickens' classic Christmas ghost story: Justice and Mercy Meet. Marley suffers because of the man he made...

Barnum and the Birthplace

Brian Conley, Paul Edmondson, Paul Taylor, Victoria Joynes, Linzi Hateley On Tuesday this week I did a spot of moonlighting with Paul Taylor, Head of Collections, in Shakespeare’s Birthplace. We appeared for a couple of hours only with a table...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 17 Jul 2015

Henry Wallis: a pre-Raphaelite’s views of Shakespeare’s Stratford

Henry Wallis isn’t one of the best-known of the Pre-Raphaelite painters, barely getting a mention in books about Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Millais, Holman Hunt et al, but one of his paintings is universally-known and classed as a masterpiece. The...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 15 May 2015

Chesterton on A Christmas Carol on the Son Rise Morning Show

I'll be on the Son Rise Morning Show this morning to talk about Chesterton and Dickens' A Christmas Carol, based on my blog posts last week leading up to our Chesterton Christmas at Eighth Day Books--which was a rousing success, by the way.  If you...

Chesterton on Scrooge's Conversion--and Ours

As Chesterton points out, A Christmas Carol is a conversion story. The first ghost, Jacob Marley, comes to save Ebenezer Scrooge from a fate like his, loaded in chains, unable to do what he should have done while alive:Scrooge fell upon his knees, and...

Tomorrow Night: A Chesterton Christmas at Eighth Day Books

In his analysis of Dickens and Christmas, chapter seven of his biography of Charles Dickens, Chesterton notes that Dickens restored the celebration of Christmas to its medieval glory of festivity and joy in A Christmas Carol. One scene that demonstrates...

Chesterton on "A Christmas Carol": Modern and Medieval Spirits

From his 1922 introduction, Chesterton compares and contrasts two of Dickens' great misers, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and Gradgrind in Hard Times:In this one work of Dickens, therefore, the historical and moral importance is really even greater than...

Dando: the celebrated gormandizing oyster eater

Courtesy of Lewis Walpole Library To Gormandize – to eat (food) voraciously and greedily.   Edward Dando (not John Dando as he seems to be everywhere else recorded), born in Southwark on the 11th February 1803 to John and Frances Dando, grew up...
From: All Things Georgian on 2 Nov 2014

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