No-Fear Shakespeare

It’s not fair to review the Bard, but I do try to understand him.  These blogs are my attempts to do just that.

The Histories

King John – 1199-1216; written 1596-1597

Richard II – 1398-1400; written 1595-1596

Henry IV, Part I – 1402-1403; written 1597-1598

Henry IV, Part II – 1403-1413; written 1597-1598

Henry V – 1414-1420; written 1598-1599

Henry VI, Part I – 1422-1444; written 1591-1592

Henry VI, Part II – 1445-1455; written 1590-1591

Henry VI, Part III – 1455-1471; written 1590-1591

Richard III – 1477-1485; written 1592-1593

Henry VIII – 1521-1533; written 1612-1613

 

The Tragedies

King Lear – 800 BC; written 1605-1606

Coriolanus – 494-490 BC; written 1607-1608

Timon of Athens – 431-404 BC (Peloponnesian War); written 1607-1608

Julius Caesar – 44-42 BC; written 1599-1600

Antony and Cleopatra – 40-30 BC; written 1607-1608

Titus Andronicus – 250-450 AD (Late Roman period); written 1593-1594

Hamlet – approximately 9th century; written 1600-1601

Macbeth – 1039-1057; written  1605-1606

Romeo and Juliet – 1303; written 1594-1595

Othello – 1570 (Turkish Invasion of Cyprus); written 1604-1605

 

The Comedies

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – approximately 13th century BC; written 1595-1596

Troilus and Cressida – 1194-1184 BC (Trojan War); written 1601-1602

Cymbeline – 16 AD; written 1609-1610

All’s Well That Ends Well – approximately 14th century; written 1602-1603

Measure For Measure – approximately 1485; written 1604-1605

The Taming of the Shrew – time of Shakespeare; written 1593-1594

The Merchant of Venice – time of Shakespeare; written 1596-1597

Twelfth Night – time of Shakespeare; written 1599-1600

The Merry Wives of Windsor – time of Shakespeare; written 1600-1601

The Tempest – noting reference to shipwreck in Bermuda, 28 July 1609; written 1611-1612

The Comedy of Errors – unspecified time of action , written 1592-1593

Love’s Labour’s Lost – unspecified time of action , written 1594-1595

The Two Gentlemen of Verona – unspecified time of action , written 1594-1595

Much Ado About Nothing – unspecified time of action , written 1598-1599

As You Like It – unspecified time of action , written 1599-1600

Pericles, Prince of Tyre – unspecified time of action , written 1608-1609

The Winter’s Tale – unspecified time of action , written 1610-1611

 

Apocrypha

These plays may or may not have been written by Shakespeare, so I’m not including them as an official part of the project.  I’ll get to them at the end.  Eventually.

 

Edward III – written 1592-1593

Sir Thomas More – written 1592-1595; Shakespeare’s involvement 1603-1604

Love’s Labour’s Won – written 1595-1596

Cardenio – written 1612-1613