Breaking Bard: A Ripe Good Scholar Podcast

Breaking Bard: A Ripe Good Scholar Podcast

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Breaking Bard aims to break down the mythic image that has been constructed around Shakespeare by having honest conversations about Shakespeare and his plays. Feel free to contact me at ripegoodscholar@gmail.com


The Truth About Prince Hal
May 4 • 34 min
“From his father’s usurpation of Richard II’s throne in 1399, when Henry was but twelve, he was active in the government of England. […] Henry V came to the throne extensively experienced in politics, administration, and warfare: few kings have been so…
Hamlet and Grief
Apr 20 • 75 min
Hello, and welcome to another episode of Breaking Bard, I’m your host Sara. You may have noticed a distinct lack of a cold open. That is because this episode is very long and my fluff was deemed unnecessary…by me. On today’s episode I am joined by Dr.…
Troilus & Cressida Sources
Apr 15 • 41 min
“For now will I go straight to my matter,In which you may the double sorrows hearOf Troilus in loving of Criseyde,And how that she forsook him ere she died.”Troilus and Creseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer Troilus and Cressida is one of Shakespeare’s lesser known…
The Essex Rebellion and Shakespeare
Apr 2 • 40 min
“The swooning lover crashed into Elizabeth’s chamber in his filthy travelling clothes ‘so full of dirt and mire that his very face was full of it’ to confront his fair mistress, barely out of bed, her wrinkles brutally exposed in the morning light and her…
Romeo & Juliet: Love or Lust
Mar 26 • 37 min
“Two households both alike in dignity,In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.From forth the fatal loins of these two foesA pair of star-crossed lovers take their…
Shakespeare’s Lost Years
Feb 25 • 40 min
“It has become a commonplace of Shakespearian biography that, from roughly his age of twenty to his age of twenty-eight, we encounter the ‘lost years.’ But no years are ever wholly lost. There may be a gap in chronology, but the pattern of a life may be…
Richard III
Feb 10 • 56 min
“And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,To entertain these fair well-spoken days,I am determined to prove a villainAnd hate the idle pleasures of these days.Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous,By drunken prophecies, libels and dreams,To set my…
MacBeth Sources
Jan 13 • 40 min
“But screw your courage to the sticking place and we’ll not fail” - Lady MacBeth Act I, Scene 7 of the Scottish PlayMany have heard of MacBeth, the tyrannical title character of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Many more are unaware that MacBeth…
Diagnosing Portia
Jan 1 • 44 min
A little disclaimer about this episode. Dr. Lisa Grogan and I are talking about Portia from Julius Caesar. There is a significant discussion about self-harm and suicide, so if those are subjects that bother you, you may want to skip this episode. “I have…
Fairies
Dec 16, 2019
“We fairies that do run…/ Following the darkness like a dream/ Now are frolic; not a mouse/ Shall disturb this hallowed house./ I am sent with broom before/ To sweep the dust behind the door” Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 5 Scene 1Today when we hear the…
Titus Andronicus’ Fatal Flaw
Dec 3, 2019 • 36 min
“A nobler man, a braver warrior, lives not this day within the city wall” - Titus Andronicus Act I, Scene 1Not too many people are familiar with Titus Andronicus, one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays. It is also easily Shakespeare’s goriest play. Most of…
Elizabethan Grammar School
Nov 18, 2019 • 40 min
“We may see the young Shakespeare, therefore, spending thirty or forty hours each week in memorising, construing, parsing and repeating prose and verse in Latin. We may hear him talking the language, to his schoolmaster and to his fellow pupils.” Peter…
Diagnosing Henry VI
Nov 4, 2019 • 36 min
One of Shakespeare’s earliest and arguably worst plays is probably Henry VI, all three parts. It’s essentially about the start of the wars of the roses. As such, I would not qualify Henry as the star of his own play. This is actually an excellent…
What’s Wrong with Two Gentlemen of Verona
Oct 21, 2019 • 27 min
“Sweet Proteus, no; now let us take our leave to Milan let me hear from thee by letters of thy success in love, and what news else betideth here in absence of thy friend and I likewise will visit thee with mine” - The Two Gentlemen of Verona Act 1, Scene…
A Comedy of Errors
Oct 7, 2019 • 30 min
In this episode we look into the plot points of William Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors and why it makes for an excellent farce. Music: Teller of Tales by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4467-teller-of-the-talesLicense:…
The Life and Death of Richard II
Sep 9, 2019 • 18 min
Sometime around 1595 William Shakespeare penned a new play, The Life and Death of King Richard II. If you couldn’t already guess, it was a history play. History plays were all the rage at the time. However, it was a daring endeavor because it depicted the…
The Problem with Bardolatry
Aug 26, 2019 • 19 min
In this introductory episode, we explore the thesis of the podcast: the need to break down bardolatry. Teller of Tales by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4467-teller-of-the-talesLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/…