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A bickering husband and wife duo discuss their faves. Now Bickering: the Collected Works of William Shakespeare.

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Episode 14 - Richard III

EThis episode brings us to the conclusion of the Wars of the Roses, and to the emergence of Shakespeare's first great villain, the short-reigning English king, Richard III. Long a fan and public favourite of the Bard's, this play is noteworthy for a number of reasons, including its continued relevance in the world's varied political realms. Join us for a discussion of the characters, the story, and the political interpretations of one of England's most reviled monarchs, and one of Shakespeare's most engaging characters. Marriage Counselling: This episode's marriage counsel debate revolved around which modern politician most resembles Richard III. If you've ever wanted to hear us slag two conservative politicians from North America, this is the debate for you. Extra notes: A quick search reveals that no one has, as of yet, trademarked the term "Tragic Anti-Hero" so maybe Lindsay can corner the market and open a new front of Richardian discourse "Is Stephen Harper a hologram?" by Rick Mercer, covering the 2011 Canadian election:https://www.macleans.ca/general/is-stephen-harper-a-hologram/

59 MIN6 d ago
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Episode 14 - Richard III

Episode 13 - The True Story of Richard III

ERichard III is supposed to have been a conniving and megalomaniacal ruler. Henry Tudor believed he was a usurper, having wrested control of the crown and throne of England from his brother, Edward IV’s, line of succession, which he later claimed was actually illegitimate. And he has stood accused of orchestrating the murders of his other elder brother George, Duke of Clarence, several advisors to his late brother King Edward IV, his own wife Anne Neville, and—most famously—his nephews, Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury, the young Princes in the Tower. Was Richard the evil usurping murderer that the Tudors and William Shakespeare himself would have us believe? Or was he, as Richardians insist, a victim of smear campaigns and propaganda at the hands of the victors of England’s bloodiest dynastic battle? Richard III: Tyrannical Murderer or Misunderstood King? That's the question we want to discuss in today's episode of The Bicks Do Shakespeare. Notes: "Richard III: The King in the...

54 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 13 - The True Story of Richard III

Episode 12 - Titus Andronicus

ETitus Andronicusis one of Shakespeare's bloodiest plays, set around the Roman revenge tragedy of its titular character and the fateful fall of his family. Along with most of the other characters as well. S. Clarke Hulse, in his essay "Wresting the Alphabet: Oratory and Action in 'Titus Andronicus'", counts "14 killings, 9 of them on stage, 6 severed members, 1 rape (or 2 or 3, depending on how you count), 1 live burial, 1 case of insanity and 1 of cannibalism—an average of 5.2 atrocities per act, or one for every 97 lines." It can be a supremely challenging play to read and watch, in spite of its short length, and the distate for this play permeates its production history; it fell out of favour in the 18th and 19th century and is still considered one of Shakespeare's least-popular plays. But if you can set aside the discomforting facts of the gruesome murders committed its 2500 or so lines, there are some interesting things being presented here. The conflation of civilized Rome and...

60 MINOCT 9
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Episode 12 - Titus Andronicus

Episode 11 - "Shakespeare is Boring!"

EWhere does that reputation for being boring come from? And what exactly do we mean by "boring"? Is this actually a stand-in for other words, like "confusing", or "obscure"? And is that reputation for boring well earned? These are the questions we’re looking at today, as we examine the bard for boredom, in this episode of the Bicks Do Shakespeare. Links: Looking for Richard Love reading Shakespeare? It can trigger a sudden burst of drama in your brain Surviving the Teenage Brain - The Nature of Things Why do you think people consider Shakespeare boring? - Reddit Aidan's Letterboxd Profile!

52 MINSEP 24
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Episode 11 - "Shakespeare is Boring!"

Episode 10 - Henry VI Part 3

EWe complete our end of the Henry VI trilogy with a play that had bits of everything we liked from Part 2, but with a lot more of what we didn't like from Part 1. Join us as we wrap up the sad story of Henry VI, revel in the reign of Edward IV, and lament the fact that these plays give up so much of what Shakespeare does well for so much of what he doesn't. Notes: Margaret of Anjou did actually take on a leadership role in some of the key battles of the Wars of the Roses (such as the Battle of Tewkesbury and the Second Battle of St. Albans). I suppose the fact that we were in such disbelief about this fact just goes to show how reviled she was in comparison to other female military leaders of the time, and how little English history celebrated it's women. William of Orange did technically invade and depose Charles II (Aidan got this accidentally right when he named James II; he actually meant Charles I) - see the Glorious Revolution for more details on this deposition that occured ab...

66 MINSEP 11
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Episode 10 - Henry VI Part 3

Episode 9 - Top 5 Favourite Shakespearean Characters

EThis episode we decided to get a little personal. Rather than try to take an objective look at the characters in Shakespeare's canon, we just picked out our favourites. The ones that stand out for us after years of study, or maybe just a single performance. Forgoing any rational reasoning, we have picked out our most memorable characters, and then post-hoc tried to defend our choices to one another. Along the way we chose a select quote that we thought best summed up each character, and we even picked out a few honourable mentions, as any good listicle does. Next episode we will be returning with the last part of Henry VI, who sadly (Spoiler Alert!) did not make our list of top characters. So join us again next time as we near the conclusion of the Wars of the Roses!

72 MINAUG 28
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Episode 9 - Top 5 Favourite Shakespearean Characters

Episode 8 - Henry VI Part 2

EHenry VI Part 2deals with the immediate lead-up to the Wars of the Roses, with court intrigue and tons of backstabbing that results in the First Battle of St. Albans in 1455. Henry VI was an ineffectual king in the actual historical record, and Shakespeare's Henry is that to a 'T'---cuckolded by his wife and goaded into a civil war by his ill-seeming advisers, Henry's eventual downfall is telegraphed quite clearly in this play. He's surrounded by a cast of characters, from his various Dukes and Lords to his own wife, Queen Margaret, to his enemy Richard, Duke of York, to the rebel Jack Cade, who set wheels in motion toward their own separate goals that Henry could not stop on his best day. The lack of leadership from the throne leads to a power vacuum and shows the danger of "vaulting ambition" in the hands of men (and women) of loose morals.Our discussion today touches on the various characters, the source and types of power---be it from kings or "The Commons"--- and the violent na...

78 MINAUG 13
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Episode 8 - Henry VI Part 2

Episode 7 - The Hundred Years' War

ETo help illuminate a bit of the history as Shakespeare saw it, we’re looking at the Hundred Years' War as we now understand it. All the nuance, the technological innovations, the separate dynastic squabbles that contributed to the way the war ended, and its legacy are all points of conversation we discuss here. We’ll hopefully get a sense of the changes that affected over five generations of English monarchs and millions of nobles, peasants, and soldiers who fought in this long, grueling war, and understand a bit more about where Shakespeare was coming from as well as how we should look at this period in history. Notes: https://www.britannica.com/event/Hundred-Years-War A Brief History of the Hundred Years War by Desmond Seward The Hundred Years' War - YouTube History Matters - The Hundred Years' War "Love Affair That Made the Hundred Years' War Inevitable"

58 MINJUL 30
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Episode 7 - The Hundred Years' War

Episode 6 - Henry VI Part 1

EThis episode is dedicated to one of Shakespeare's least performed (and least deserving of performance) plays: Henry VI Part 1. We talk the discrepancies with history, the shoddy characterization, and the reality that this was not likely written by Shakespeare alone. While not huge fans of this particular play, we did come to appreciate the appreciable aspects of it, including the unintentionally hilarious use of hobby-horses in the only filmed version available, and the distinct possibility of Star Wars prequel memes. We also were excited to put our newly found knowledge of the Wars of the Roses (see Episode 5) to the use as we dissected the major inconsistencies of the play. Don't let our doom and gloom over this play corrupt your view of all Shakespeare's histories though! Coming up soon will be the sequel to this one, which (spoiler alert) we enjoyed very much.

74 MINJUL 16
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Episode 6 - Henry VI Part 1

Episode 5 - The Wars of the Roses

EAs we enter the world of Shakespeare's history plays, we figured it was time for a backgrounder on the period of history being shown, as we understand it today. Starting with the dynastic feud that ran the course of almost all of Shakespeare's English history plays - the twin tetralogies with their numerous Henrys and penchant for big battles - the Wars of the Roses. Follow along as we give you a condensed version of the history, opine about the nature of kingship, and talk about the recursive impact of Shakespeare: the way he wrote about history, and subsequently helped shape the way that same history has been viewed ever since. Notes: (lineage chart from:https://thehistoryofengland.co.uk/resource/wars-of-the-roses-family-trees/) Crusader Kings II (Currently on sale for the Steam Summer Sale) Europa Universalis IV (Also on sale) The Wars of the Roses: England's First Civil War by Trevor Royle The Wars of the Roses:The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors Episode 1 of...

83 MINJUL 3
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Episode 5 - The Wars of the Roses

Latest Episodes

Episode 14 - Richard III

EThis episode brings us to the conclusion of the Wars of the Roses, and to the emergence of Shakespeare's first great villain, the short-reigning English king, Richard III. Long a fan and public favourite of the Bard's, this play is noteworthy for a number of reasons, including its continued relevance in the world's varied political realms. Join us for a discussion of the characters, the story, and the political interpretations of one of England's most reviled monarchs, and one of Shakespeare's most engaging characters. Marriage Counselling: This episode's marriage counsel debate revolved around which modern politician most resembles Richard III. If you've ever wanted to hear us slag two conservative politicians from North America, this is the debate for you. Extra notes: A quick search reveals that no one has, as of yet, trademarked the term "Tragic Anti-Hero" so maybe Lindsay can corner the market and open a new front of Richardian discourse "Is Stephen Harper a hologram?" by Rick Mercer, covering the 2011 Canadian election:https://www.macleans.ca/general/is-stephen-harper-a-hologram/

59 MIN6 d ago
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Episode 14 - Richard III

Episode 13 - The True Story of Richard III

ERichard III is supposed to have been a conniving and megalomaniacal ruler. Henry Tudor believed he was a usurper, having wrested control of the crown and throne of England from his brother, Edward IV’s, line of succession, which he later claimed was actually illegitimate. And he has stood accused of orchestrating the murders of his other elder brother George, Duke of Clarence, several advisors to his late brother King Edward IV, his own wife Anne Neville, and—most famously—his nephews, Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury, the young Princes in the Tower. Was Richard the evil usurping murderer that the Tudors and William Shakespeare himself would have us believe? Or was he, as Richardians insist, a victim of smear campaigns and propaganda at the hands of the victors of England’s bloodiest dynastic battle? Richard III: Tyrannical Murderer or Misunderstood King? That's the question we want to discuss in today's episode of The Bicks Do Shakespeare. Notes: "Richard III: The King in the...

54 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 13 - The True Story of Richard III

Episode 12 - Titus Andronicus

ETitus Andronicusis one of Shakespeare's bloodiest plays, set around the Roman revenge tragedy of its titular character and the fateful fall of his family. Along with most of the other characters as well. S. Clarke Hulse, in his essay "Wresting the Alphabet: Oratory and Action in 'Titus Andronicus'", counts "14 killings, 9 of them on stage, 6 severed members, 1 rape (or 2 or 3, depending on how you count), 1 live burial, 1 case of insanity and 1 of cannibalism—an average of 5.2 atrocities per act, or one for every 97 lines." It can be a supremely challenging play to read and watch, in spite of its short length, and the distate for this play permeates its production history; it fell out of favour in the 18th and 19th century and is still considered one of Shakespeare's least-popular plays. But if you can set aside the discomforting facts of the gruesome murders committed its 2500 or so lines, there are some interesting things being presented here. The conflation of civilized Rome and...

60 MINOCT 9
Comments
Episode 12 - Titus Andronicus

Episode 11 - "Shakespeare is Boring!"

EWhere does that reputation for being boring come from? And what exactly do we mean by "boring"? Is this actually a stand-in for other words, like "confusing", or "obscure"? And is that reputation for boring well earned? These are the questions we’re looking at today, as we examine the bard for boredom, in this episode of the Bicks Do Shakespeare. Links: Looking for Richard Love reading Shakespeare? It can trigger a sudden burst of drama in your brain Surviving the Teenage Brain - The Nature of Things Why do you think people consider Shakespeare boring? - Reddit Aidan's Letterboxd Profile!

52 MINSEP 24
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Episode 11 - "Shakespeare is Boring!"

Episode 10 - Henry VI Part 3

EWe complete our end of the Henry VI trilogy with a play that had bits of everything we liked from Part 2, but with a lot more of what we didn't like from Part 1. Join us as we wrap up the sad story of Henry VI, revel in the reign of Edward IV, and lament the fact that these plays give up so much of what Shakespeare does well for so much of what he doesn't. Notes: Margaret of Anjou did actually take on a leadership role in some of the key battles of the Wars of the Roses (such as the Battle of Tewkesbury and the Second Battle of St. Albans). I suppose the fact that we were in such disbelief about this fact just goes to show how reviled she was in comparison to other female military leaders of the time, and how little English history celebrated it's women. William of Orange did technically invade and depose Charles II (Aidan got this accidentally right when he named James II; he actually meant Charles I) - see the Glorious Revolution for more details on this deposition that occured ab...

66 MINSEP 11
Comments
Episode 10 - Henry VI Part 3

Episode 9 - Top 5 Favourite Shakespearean Characters

EThis episode we decided to get a little personal. Rather than try to take an objective look at the characters in Shakespeare's canon, we just picked out our favourites. The ones that stand out for us after years of study, or maybe just a single performance. Forgoing any rational reasoning, we have picked out our most memorable characters, and then post-hoc tried to defend our choices to one another. Along the way we chose a select quote that we thought best summed up each character, and we even picked out a few honourable mentions, as any good listicle does. Next episode we will be returning with the last part of Henry VI, who sadly (Spoiler Alert!) did not make our list of top characters. So join us again next time as we near the conclusion of the Wars of the Roses!

72 MINAUG 28
Comments
Episode 9 - Top 5 Favourite Shakespearean Characters

Episode 8 - Henry VI Part 2

EHenry VI Part 2deals with the immediate lead-up to the Wars of the Roses, with court intrigue and tons of backstabbing that results in the First Battle of St. Albans in 1455. Henry VI was an ineffectual king in the actual historical record, and Shakespeare's Henry is that to a 'T'---cuckolded by his wife and goaded into a civil war by his ill-seeming advisers, Henry's eventual downfall is telegraphed quite clearly in this play. He's surrounded by a cast of characters, from his various Dukes and Lords to his own wife, Queen Margaret, to his enemy Richard, Duke of York, to the rebel Jack Cade, who set wheels in motion toward their own separate goals that Henry could not stop on his best day. The lack of leadership from the throne leads to a power vacuum and shows the danger of "vaulting ambition" in the hands of men (and women) of loose morals.Our discussion today touches on the various characters, the source and types of power---be it from kings or "The Commons"--- and the violent na...

78 MINAUG 13
Comments
Episode 8 - Henry VI Part 2

Episode 7 - The Hundred Years' War

ETo help illuminate a bit of the history as Shakespeare saw it, we’re looking at the Hundred Years' War as we now understand it. All the nuance, the technological innovations, the separate dynastic squabbles that contributed to the way the war ended, and its legacy are all points of conversation we discuss here. We’ll hopefully get a sense of the changes that affected over five generations of English monarchs and millions of nobles, peasants, and soldiers who fought in this long, grueling war, and understand a bit more about where Shakespeare was coming from as well as how we should look at this period in history. Notes: https://www.britannica.com/event/Hundred-Years-War A Brief History of the Hundred Years War by Desmond Seward The Hundred Years' War - YouTube History Matters - The Hundred Years' War "Love Affair That Made the Hundred Years' War Inevitable"

58 MINJUL 30
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Episode 7 - The Hundred Years' War

Episode 6 - Henry VI Part 1

EThis episode is dedicated to one of Shakespeare's least performed (and least deserving of performance) plays: Henry VI Part 1. We talk the discrepancies with history, the shoddy characterization, and the reality that this was not likely written by Shakespeare alone. While not huge fans of this particular play, we did come to appreciate the appreciable aspects of it, including the unintentionally hilarious use of hobby-horses in the only filmed version available, and the distinct possibility of Star Wars prequel memes. We also were excited to put our newly found knowledge of the Wars of the Roses (see Episode 5) to the use as we dissected the major inconsistencies of the play. Don't let our doom and gloom over this play corrupt your view of all Shakespeare's histories though! Coming up soon will be the sequel to this one, which (spoiler alert) we enjoyed very much.

74 MINJUL 16
Comments
Episode 6 - Henry VI Part 1

Episode 5 - The Wars of the Roses

EAs we enter the world of Shakespeare's history plays, we figured it was time for a backgrounder on the period of history being shown, as we understand it today. Starting with the dynastic feud that ran the course of almost all of Shakespeare's English history plays - the twin tetralogies with their numerous Henrys and penchant for big battles - the Wars of the Roses. Follow along as we give you a condensed version of the history, opine about the nature of kingship, and talk about the recursive impact of Shakespeare: the way he wrote about history, and subsequently helped shape the way that same history has been viewed ever since. Notes: (lineage chart from:https://thehistoryofengland.co.uk/resource/wars-of-the-roses-family-trees/) Crusader Kings II (Currently on sale for the Steam Summer Sale) Europa Universalis IV (Also on sale) The Wars of the Roses: England's First Civil War by Trevor Royle The Wars of the Roses:The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors Episode 1 of...

83 MINJUL 3
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Episode 5 - The Wars of the Roses
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