Henry VIII

Had I but served my God with half the zeal I served my king, he would not in mine age Have left me naked to mine enemies. -- Cardinal Wolsey, Henry VIII, Act III, Scene 2 The English Renaissance ended with the death of Elizabeth.  As throughout Europe, the Reformation gave rise to the Baroque era, … Continue reading Henry VIII

Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle by Michael Jones

My recent dives into William Shakespeare's historical plays revolving around the Wars of the Roses has nudged me to dig a little deeper into the grand finale of that civil war: the Battle of Bosworth.  On August 22, 1485, the war between Lancaster and York ended with the death of Richard III, and the crowning … Continue reading Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle by Michael Jones

William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh by Ian Doescher

CHORUS Luke Skywalker hath sadly disappear'd, And in his absence come most wicked foes. The cruel First Order hath made all afeard -- Like phoenix from the Empire's ash it grows. They shall not rest till Skywalker is dead, Yet others seek to rescue him from harm. By Leia -- General Organa -- led, Th'Republic … Continue reading William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh by Ian Doescher