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 »

Once Upon A Time, We Had Freedom…

Peter Matthews some years ago at an IPSC Pistol Range before he was disabled CBS News in the United States conducted a new poll that shows, “nearly two-thirds of Americans support stricter laws on gun sales” yet it has been their constitutional right to buy, own, and bear arms under the Second Amendment since 1791…. Read more »

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 »

Horror in Paradise (Part 1)

Most of my friends and followers know of my love of Italy, particularly Venice and the wondrous painted city of Bassano del Grappa to the north. Until now, only my close friends and family know I have struggled with major health issues over the past few years. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease two and… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Tinworths of Ballarat: A True Rags to Riches Story

To download a copy of this research paper in pdf format, please click here: The Tinworths – A True Rags to Riches Story The Tinworths of Ballarat A True Rags to Riches Story Prepared for BBC Television Program “Who do You Think You Are?” by Dr Peter D Matthews If democracy means opposition to a tyrannical press,… Read more »

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 »

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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    I am fascinated by Venice. I’m not sure whether it is the history or the crumbing facades, the teal canals, or maybe it is the myriad of mysterious medieval confraternities. Then again, it might be the people? In fact, everything about Venice intrigues me. I visited Venice in 2005, but this short stint merely left… Read more »

  • Finally caved in to pressure!

      I finally caved in to pressure and decided to write a blog. When I have time, I will publish portions of my research. I hope you enjoy reading it.