Literary Destinations

Kronborg Castle, Helsingor, Denmark

Kronborg Castle, Helsingor, Denmark

Jo Cahill Literary Worlds 0 Comments

Gentlemen, you are welcome to Elsinore. SO SPOKE Hamlet, Prince of Denmark to his friends-turned-spies, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Shakespeare’s tragic play, Hamlet. Based upon the ancient Norse story of Amleth, a prince of the Jutes whose father was murdered by his uncle in order to take the throne and marry the queen, Shakespeare moved his tale from Jutland to ...
Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK

Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK

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KNOWN to generations of Oxford students as ‘the Bod’, the Bodleian Library was named for its original patron, Sir Thomas Bodley, who established the library in 1602. In doing so, he took upon himself the refurbishment of a former library that had fallen into disuse – Duke Humphrey’s Library above the Divinity School. That room was initially built in the ...
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London

Shakespeare’s Globe, London, UK

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NAMED for the famed playwright, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is only an approximation of the building in which the Bard’s plays were originally performed. Excavations of the original Globe Theatre’s foundations reveal that the building, built in 1599, was located 230m away from the present site; on the bank of the now much-narrower Thames river. Despite its slightly altered ...
Casa di Giulietta, Verona, Italy

Juliet’s House, Verona, Italy

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“For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” SO WROTE William Shakespeare in the 1590s. More than 400 years later, it continues to cause woe as scholars and tourists alike debate the extent to which the star-crossed lovers’ misadventures are true. The house in Via Capello was constructed in the 14th Century, and ...
Shakespeare's Birthplace. Stratford-upon-Avon. England

Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, England

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ONE of the world’s most well-known playwrights, William Shakespeare, was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. Although there is no physical proof that he was born in the house purported to be his birthplace, records show that his parents lived in Henley Street more than a decade before that auspicious occasion. The house also remained in the family’s ownership until 1806, ...

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