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 »
In my recent message of 16 August 2018, I called for the people of Australia, particularly politicians, to repent of rebellion to break the drought. Since the 16 August 2018, we have had a Shakespearean drama unfolding in Australian Parliament with spills, twists and turns, and now we have a new Prime Minister of… Read more »
Australia has been hit hard by drought in 2018. Farmers across rural Australia have been hand feeding large bales of sorghum, lucerne, millet, rhodes grass and bulka bags of grain by the tonne for months, coupled with molasses and lick blocks trying to keep their cattle in good condition through this drought. Some of… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Leather Cover of the Bodleian First Folio
To download a copy of this academic paper in pdf format, please click here: PAPER – Leather Cover of the Bodleian First Folio In August of 2012 a group of conservators named Sabina Pugh, Julie Sommerfeldt, Arthur Green, Vanessa Redgrave, Thelma Holt, Andrew Honey, and Nicole Gilroy examined and repaired the tattered First Folio in… Read more »
Early evidence of a female author in the First Folio
To download a copy of this academic paper in pdf format, please click here: PAPER – Early evidence of a female author in the First Folio In the First Folio, there is a dedication to William Shakespeare by Ben Jonson. Within Jonson’s dedication, we find he attempted to defend Shakespeare against claims that a woman… Read more »
Bassano Legal Case in Romeo and Juliet
To download a copy of this academic paper in pdf format, please click here: PAPER – Bassano Legal Case in Romeo and Juliet In examining the 1597 First Quarto of Romeo and Juliet, we find it did not mention the name William Shakespeare – it was anonymous. This is not surprising, especially considering a number of the… Read more »
Isn’t Venice breathtaking this time of year?
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.