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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 of the Bassano family, but few have considered them as serious candidates for the dramatists of the Shakespearean works, until I released Shakespeare Exhumed: The… 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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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 »

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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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Buy online from publisher

  All of my books published through Bassano Publishing House are available through the publisher’s online store at www.bassano.com.au/shop/ Don’t wait for them go live through other media outlets; instead order them direct and get your copy quicker. Ebooks can be downloaded immediately upon purchase and print copies will be sent with 48 hours of… 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.