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PETER D MATTHEWS

Historian, Academic Philosopher, Shakespearean Scholar

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Margaret Louise Drody Thompson
Margaret Louise Drody Thompson
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The exploration of the thesis is fascinating: that four (six) brothers of the Bassano family, extremely gifted musicians, playwrights, doctors, and Jewish kabbalists in secret, came to England expressly to serve Henry VIII and bring the Renaissance with them, overflowing from these esoteric sources to produce an outstanding culture. People think that doubting or even debating the authorship of the wonderful plays published under the name of Shakespeare means devaluing their worth: what nonsense! This book clearly shows that many of the plots were strongly connected with the Bassano family - to which a pointer is given in the name Bassanio in Merchant of Venice. Another pointer, this time deeply ironic, is Shylock the Jew, a despicable character, yet essential to the plot. For the Bassano family are "hidden" Jews and students of Kabbalah. Surely they had danced with persecution and death many times: yet in the Plays their family stories find transcendent release and catharsis.
Lucy Skywalker
Lucy Skywalker
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The exploration of the thesis is fascinating: that four (six) brothers of the Bassano family, extremely gifted musicians, playwrights, doctors, and Jewish kabbalists in secret, came to England expressly to serve Henry VIII and bring the Renaissance with them, overflowing from these esoteric sources to produce an outstanding culture. People think that doubting or even debating the authorship of the wonderful plays published under the name of Shakespeare means devaluing their worth: what nonsense! This book clearly shows that many of the plots were strongly connected with the Bassano family - to which a pointer is given in the name Bassanio in Merchant of Venice. Another pointer, this time deeply ironic, is Shylock the Jew, a despicable character, yet essential to the plot. For the Bassano family are "hidden" Jews and students of Kabbalah.
Robert Small
Robert Small
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A very readable and well researched account of the Bassanos and their importance to both music and literature.
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Dr Peter D Matthews

Dr Peter D Matthews

With many years of hard work, study and dedication, he climbed the corporate ladder to senior positions of General Manager and CEO of large building, development and manufacturing companies, while continuing to fund his studies in history, literature, theology, strategic management and philosophy. Peter was ordained as a Minister in February 1999, and awarded a Doctorate Degree of Philosophy in 2001. As a keen historian and dedicated academic philosopher, Peter has spent a lifetime in the Shakespearean works, realizing the dramatist had cited the likes of Plutarch, Virgil, Philo, Homer, Quintus Ennius, Livy, Julius Caesar, Cornelius Nepos, Flavius Josephus, just to name a few. Each play was deliberately embellished with Hebrew piyyut (embellished poetry used as poetic song in worship on Sabbaths and festivals), Jewish theology, and Kabbalistic lore from the Sefer Yetzirah, the Babylonian Talmud, and the first Zohar of Mantua, which was printed by members of the Bassano family. SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS are no exception, for each of these Zoharic שיר זהב (Shir Zahav, golden poems) ― a traditional Hebrew “Sonnet” of fourteen lines in iambic pentameter ― was penned by a Hebraic female author on Bat Torah (Women of Torah) ― the redemptions of Israel through women. (Click on his name above to view his full biography)

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