The Lodger Shakespeare: His Life on Silver Street

The Lodger Shakespeare His Life on Silver Street In Shakespeare gave evidence in a court case at Westminster and it is the only occasion on which his actual spoken words were recorded In The Lodger Shakespeare Charles Nicholl applies a powerf

  • Title: The Lodger Shakespeare: His Life on Silver Street
  • Author: Charles Nicholl
  • ISBN: 9780143114628
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1612, Shakespeare gave evidence in a court case at Westminster and it is the only occasion on which his actual spoken words were recorded In The Lodger Shakespeare, Charles Nicholl applies a powerful biographical magnifying glass to this fascinating but little known episode in the Bard s life Drawing on evidence from a wide variety of sources, Nicholl creates a compelIn 1612, Shakespeare gave evidence in a court case at Westminster and it is the only occasion on which his actual spoken words were recorded In The Lodger Shakespeare, Charles Nicholl applies a powerful biographical magnifying glass to this fascinating but little known episode in the Bard s life Drawing on evidence from a wide variety of sources, Nicholl creates a compellingly detailed account of the circumstances in which Shakespeare lived and worked amid the bustle of early seventeenth century London This elegant, often unexpected exploration presents a new and original look at Shakespeare as he was writing such masterpieces as Othello, Measure for Measure, and King Lear.

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    1. “For reasons we do not know but which I will later guess at…”In 1612 Shakespeare gave testimony in a court case involving a dowry that had not been paid. From Shakespeare’s deposition in the case, the only instance we have of the Bard speaking as himself, author Charles Nicholl creates for the reader a tantalizing (at times) intellectual exercise about what Shakespeare’s life might have been like from 1604-1606 in his book “The Lodger Shakespeare”.This text is only for those who ar [...]

    2. This book reads well as a history of everyday life in Jacobean England. It does not read well as a biography of Shakespeare. As is the problem with all biographies of Shakespeare, there is simply not enough known to fill out a book-length biography and the author is forced to speculate.I did enjoy this book more than Greenblatt's "Will in the World." Bryson's "Shakespeare: The world as a stage" is an entertaining read that mocks the worst of the speculators.

    3. I pounced on this because I enjoyed/admired/appreciated Charles Nicholl's The Reckoning, about the murder of Christopher Marlowe, and because I was mad about Simon Vance's reading of Dust and Shadow. Those two, plus Shakespeare, indicated an instant win. Well… mostly. First of all, I'm going to try to remember not to approach histories through Audible. If an author feels maps and illustrations and charts and the like are useful, then audio is not the way to go. The Civil War series I've alread [...]

    4. Simply put, this is a remarkable book among the thousands of Shakespeare biographies that crowd onto a crowded shelf. Although we often hear the lament that "so little is known" of WS, the fact is that more is known of him than of any other other author of the era (unless that author be James I, King of England and Ireland, also James VI, King of Scotland). Most of this lot of known things - and it is indeed quite a bit - and every documentary trace of it has been assembled by Samuel Schoenbaum [...]

    5. Really interesting deep dive into Shakespeare's tenure as a lodger on Silver Street. Readable and fascinating for anyone who enjoys biographical works related to theatre/Shakespeare/Elizabethan history.

    6. I feel as if I've been on a walk through the 16th century streets of London. I've seen the rooms where Shakespeare lodged whilst he was working in the city - writing and acting in plays, corroborating with other writers and becoming involved in the personal lives of the Mountjoys 'tire' makers.I've seen the hard working business people and their wives whose pretty faces were an additional attraction to customers, I've seen the churches, the gardens, the theatres and the seamier underworld of cro [...]

    7. A fascinating snapshot of a period in Shakespeare's life when he was staying as a lodger in the house of some flemish lace-makers who made some of the elaborate head-dressses worn in Elizabethan times. He was apparently called as a character witness in a marriage dispute over the daughter' dowry. We know so little of the details of Shakespeare's later life as a successful actor and dramatist that even the facts detailed in this work start to fill in some of the gaps in the chronolgy of his life. [...]

    8. Earlier this year I had read another bio of Shakespeare, Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare. I felt as thought I would do any moment run into Shakes in the streets of London.This bio is based on more suppositions than any other bio I have read of Shakespeare. Charles Nicholl takes the reader to the very place of saying "oooooh and ohhhh" and then changes tracks. The last section of the book is the best, tying up all the loose ends nicely. Again I discover, as I did after readi [...]

    9. The Lodger Shakespeare, by Charles Nicholl, is a perfect complement to the phrase " known, but unknown." It is difficult, if not impossible, to think of any other literary figure who is so familiar to readers, theatre goers, students and even movie goers than William Shakespeare, and yet we know virtually nothing about the man's public or private life, his true features or even his biography. Conjecture of the man is rampant; the facts are much rarer to find.Charles Nicholl's book tries to bridg [...]

    10. As with any investigation of Shakespeare's life, there is a lot of conjecture, guesswork, and might-have-happeneds. But this book also contains several contemporary and near-contemporary records of Shakespeare and comments about him that I haven't seen elsewhere. It gives interesting info about Shakespeare's collaborators that I hadn't seen before, and about the types of people Shakespeare associated with and would have been surrounded by, and how they and their occupations can be found in the p [...]

    11. This is a brilliantly inventive glimpse into early 17thc London. It imaginatively recreates a fictional year in Shakespeare's life - not to tell us about Shakespeare, of whom nothing reliable can be said - but to show us how people lived in that age. Nicholl does it by researching the people who lived adjacent to Shakespeare at that time, whereof we do have records. He admits: this is not historiography. I'd comment: it should be. To paraphrase Wolfgang Iser (Metahistory): all historiography is [...]

    12. A history of the couple of years Shakespeare lived on Silver Street in London during which he wrote "Measure for Measure," "King Lear," and "Othello." Mr. Nicholl combed the archieves and hasn't really come up with anything thrilling but since I wanted to get more of an idea of what WS's life was like, it made me happy!

    13. It is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this month, so a good moment to write something about Charles Nicholl’s Shakespeare book, The Lodger. It’s about Shakespeare’s time lodging on Silver Street with the Huguenot family the Mountjoys, and I bought it on the strength of Nicholl’s fine book on the death of Marlowe, The Reckoning.Silver Street, or Sylver Street, doesn’t exist any longer, bombed in 1940, but it ran east to west near the London Wall, close to the present Muse [...]

    14. The genuinely intriguing bits on Shakespeare himself make up a handful of pages only. If you want to know scanty details of other people who he rubbed shoulders with (but how often, how closely, and sometimes if at all is uncertain) you'll be entertained. Lots of effort went into this but it really seems like an obsessive's mania for any minutia that could loosely be associated with their subject. Mildly interesting for the picture it gives of the times.

    15. Extraordinary forensic textual examination of court records, often obscure plays, poems and pamphlets, maps, drawings and the plays themselves to build some fascinating speculations about Shakespeare in early 17th century London. The inferences about his character and actions are clearly well-researched fiction but the insight into daily life of the period is terrific. Particularly interesting to find that George Wilkins, co-author of ‘Pericles’, was such a well-documented rascal.

    16. It was part of the reading list for my class.Turned out to be a bit like my class. Tempting with promise but somehow I never had the feeling I got all the information and facts I wanted or there could have been in it.Elizabeth's London by Liza Picard is much more rewarding on the time and for Shakespeare himself Bill Bryson is more entertaining but still gives the whole story.

    17. A masterpiece of academic research. it is well written, informative and simply fun to read. Nicholl manages to uncover scenes of daily life in late Elizabethan London, collected from a vast array of fragmentary data. when he diverges into speculation, he recognizes the facts and frames possible interpretations. all this gives us the best glimpse one can have at William Shakespeare's life.

    18. Interesting--at times hard to keep up with, and certainly goes into depth in recounting the details of Jacobean life in London. The many names at times threw me for a loop, but it did make for an interesting and informative read.

    19. Whew! Finally finished this book. It was tough going. When a book has 100 pages dedicated to footnotes you know it's going to be a slow go. So much detail that one has to read this book by section and read other materials/books in between.

    20. The tale of a French couple in London with a famous lodger. Very nice. For someone with a greater interest in Shakespeare probably even better. Amazing what can be reconstructed about a certain period considering that not so much is known about him in general. Nicely told, a bit slow, though.

    21. Lively and informative, this history/biography works better as the former (providing convincing street and house-level details of craftmanship, prostitution, transportation, family and community ties, crime and legal disputes, and many other aspects of life in London at the beginning of the 17th century) than as the latter. As a biographical investigation of a limited portion of Shakespeare's life (and a hint at possible inspirations for his work), it just about manages to stay on the right side [...]

    22. nhwvejournal/1100310ml[return][return]It's the story behind the only surviving documentary record of Shakespeare's own spoken words, his evidence in a court case of 1612 relating to a family dispute in the household of his former landlord, Christopher Mountjoy. Back in 1604, Mountjoy's daughter Mary had married his apprentice, Stephen Belott. Shakespeare was not only the upstairs lodger in the Mountjoy's house; he also "perswaded" Belott to marry Mary and officiated at their handfasting ceremony [...]

    23. This book was quite readable, full of interesting detail and threw some light on one of the less explored periods of Shakespeare's life, but I found myself getting increasingly annoyed at Nicholl's flights of wild speculation and overstating his case. Every other page seemed to be marked by some highly dubious assertion, prefaced by "doubtless", "it is possible that", "we can probably assume that" etc. Nicholl is the kind of man that jumps to the conclusion that two people who happen to live on [...]

    24. A treasure trove of documents that shine an unexpected spotlight on Shakespeare’s London life was discovered in 1909 in London’s Public Record Office by Prof. Charles W. Wallace of the University of Nebraska and his wife, Hulda Wallace. That trove—concerning Belott v. Mountjoy, a lawsuit filed in 1612 by the son-in-law of a Silver Street artisan claiming he had not been paid his wife’s promised dowry—forms the subject of this fascinating book.Shakespeare testified in the case. In the e [...]

    25. As Charles Nicholl makes clear right at the beginning of The Lodger, when Shakespeare gave a deposition in the dispute between his one-time landlord and the landlord's one-time apprentice, he gave us a tantalizing glimpse, in his own voice, into his life in London in the early 1600s. Starting from there, Nicholl follows every thread: where Shakespeare lived; the people he lived with; how they met and married; their professions; their associates; what he was reading.I would recommend this book to [...]

    26. It's probably misleading to say that this book offers insights into Shakespeare's life, but it certainly does provide a fascinating view of early 17th-century London, especially the diverse population and their ways of making a living and of finding recreation. Nicholl has examined all kinds of obscure documents to explore the significance of Shakespeare's participation in a 1612 lawsuit involving the Mountjoys, in whose house on Silver Street he lived from around 1602 until around 1605. Connect [...]

    27. This was a very curious piece of historical detective work by an accomplished writer; that I was charmed by the end of its tireless academic delving but entertaining soap-opera-ish human story& all set in Elizabethan/Jacobean Londonwith a cast of interesting characters - all too real! - frankly confounded my initially sceptical expectations of a worthwhile trawl through the dirty washing of Shakespeare's semi-mysterious life in London. It read slowly but satisfyingly (like a good book should [...]

    28. As someone who adores both London and Shakespeare, I of course enjoyed this book for its synthesis of the two subjects. But as an out and out work of either history or biography, it sort of failed. One of the reasons Shakespeare is a figure of such interest is that so little is known of him and there are very few surviving documents of his life. Charles Nicholl did an excellent job drawing together what resources he could find, casting a very wide net and drawing the varied bits and pieces toget [...]

    29. A fascinating snapshot of a period in Shakespeare's life when he was staying as a lodger in the house of some flemish lace-makers who made some of the elaborate head-dressses worn in Elizabethan times. He was apparently called as a character witness in a marriage dispute over the daughter' dowry. We know so little of the details of Shakespeare's later life as a successful actor and dramatist that even the facts detailed in this work start to fill in some of the gaps in the chronolgy of his life. [...]

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