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Themes of law in Hamlet and Shakespeare's other plays and poetry. Can the intricacies of Elizabethan Law shed new light on the tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark? In this fascinating interview with attorney Tom Regnier, we look at how Shakespeare uses the law in the plays and Sonnets, why scholars and lawyers have claimed that Shakespeare had legal training, and — surprisingly — how themes of English law run throughout the play Hamlet. The examination of early modern English law offers unexpected insights into Hamlet's madness, Ophelia's breakdown and burial, and the infamously tempestuous relationship between Hamlet and his mother, Queen Gertrude.

Direct download: TSU_02_Law_in_Hamlet.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:11am EDT

A look at William Shakespeare's Last Will & Testament. What what can we learn about what he owned, who he remembered, what he cared about? 

The most personal document remaining from the life of William Shakespeare is his Last Will & Testament.  Researcher Bonner Miller Cutting looked at 3,000 wills from Shakespeare’s day, and in this interview she describes what she learned about the daily lives of people of that era and about Gentle Will from Stratford-upon-Avon.

Direct download: TSU_01_WillsWill.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 4:36am EDT