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New Research into the Bassano Instruments

To download a copy of this academic paper in pdf format, please click here: PAPER – New Research into the Bassano Instruments New Research into the Bassano Instruments Dr Peter D Matthews Bassano violin, circa 17th century. Copyright 2018 University of Edinburgh. Various researchers have written about the life, music, and some have detailed a few… Read more »

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Were the Bassanos Blackamoors, Black Jews, or tanned Italian-Spaniards?

To download a pdf copy of this paper, please click here: PAPER V2 – Were the Bassanos Blackamoors, Black Jews, or tanned Italian-Spaniards   Introduction The reason for writing this paper was to prove or repudiate claims that Emilia Bassano and other Bassano descendants were “black”, at the request of Katrina Langford (alias Katrina Brown) who… Read more »

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Breakfast at Restaurant Terrazza Danieli (Part 2)

There is something mystical about waking up in Venice overlooking the Grand Canal…centuries of secrets hidden away in the crusted walls of this wonderful timeless city are begging to be discovered. Built long before Roman occupation, Venice is the ultimate floating city, constructed upon timber poles somehow rammed into the seabed centuries before pile drivers… Read more »

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The Bassanos: Jewish Guardians of the Ancient Arts

To download a copy of this academic paper in pdf format, please click here: PAPER v2 – The Bassanos – Jewish Guardians of the Ancient Arts   The Bassanos Jewish Guardians of the Ancient Arts Dr Peter D Matthews   For centuries scholars have grappled with the fact that many of the Shakespearean characters are members… Read more »

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Earliest Version of ‘As You Like It’ may have been Venetian

  As You Like It is was what we call a ‘pastoral comedy’, which means it involves traipsing around the countryside doing As You Like.  The title is an English expression of a Hebrew saying in relation to time and freedom in seizing the moment. The Hebrew word זְמָן (zeman) means ‘appointed time’ from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 as follows:… Read more »

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Release of Volume 1 – ‘Genesis of the Shakespearean Works’

  The time has finally come! Volume 1 of ‘Genesis of the Shakespearean Works’ was officially released to printers today. Over the coming weeks it will be distributed to bookshops around the world. This massive academic work has taken me 14 fourteen years research. What a mammoth undertaking – I never thought I had it… Read more »

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Bassano’s 1710 Performance Invoking Angels Sparked Revival

To download a pdf copy of this article, click here: PAPER – Bassano’s 1710 Performance Invoking Angels Sparked Revival     During my time in Venice, I meandered through the ancient streets, carefully scanning the architecture. I came across the above coat-of-arms on the wall of a multi-storey brick building in the Spanish part of the… Read more »

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The ‘Early Plays’ of Shakespeare?

To download a copy of this academic paper in pdf format, please click here: PAPER – The ‘Early Plays’ of Shakespeare The ‘Early Plays’ of Shakespeare? Dr Peter D Matthews   “All the rest of Shakespeare’s vast history, as furnished by the biographers, is built up, course upon course, of guesses, inferences, theories, conjectures — an… Read more »

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Aemilia, Amelia or Emilia?

I have seen so many books in recent years citing Emilia Bassano-Lanier as “Aemilia” and “Amelia”, instead of “Emilia”. But, why so many different versions? I suggest, it is because scholars did not take sufficient time to establish the correct spelling. Yet, it is so easy! The name “Emillia Baptist” is recorded in her Christening… Read more »

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Hamlet forensically dated in 1558

I have found documents that forensically date the first performance of Hamlet in 1558, six years before William Shakespeare was born. Soon you can discover these facts in ‘Genesis of the Shakespearean Works’ due to be released in early 2016. The philosophical background and the character of Yorick explained like never before.