Donald R. McClarey

Henry V Times Four

Courage, memory and love are powerful motivators, and this speech is a reminder of just how powerful:  

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Donald R. McClarey

Ides of March: Julius Caesar

Fate has a way of picking unlikely material, Greasy-haired second lieutenants of French artillery, And bald-headed, dubious, Roman rake-politicians. Stephen Vincent Benet   I think it would have amused the Romans of Caesar’s generation if they could have learned that

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Remember General Trimble!

The battle was over and we had won it handsomely. General Ewell moved about uneasily, a good deal excited, and seemed to me to be undecided what to do next. I approached him and said: “Well, General, we have had

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: William Shakespeare

    “A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will

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God for Harry, England and Saint George

  The Saint Crispin’s speech gets most of the attention in Henry V, but I also always admired the “unto the breach” speech.  The performance of it by Jamie Parker, love his interaction with the audience, is the way the

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Ides of March: Continuing Fascination

CASSIUS Stoop, then, and wash. How many ages hence Shall this our lofty scene be acted over In states unborn and accents yet unknown! BRUTUS How many times shall Caesar bleed in sport, That now on Pompey’s basis lies along

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Triggers for the Bard

 “Don’t step on the toes of the dog lovers, the cat lovers, doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans, Brooklynites, Irishmen, people from Oregon or Mexico. The people in this book, this play, this

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598 Years Since Agincourt

We are in God’s hand, brother, not in theirs. King Henry V The anniversary of the long ago battle of Saint Crispin’s Day gives us yet another opportunity to recall the immortal “Band of Borthers Speech” that Shakespeare put into the

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Happy Birthday to the Bard! Glad He Isn’t Here!

Today is the 449th birthday of William Shakespeare.  The above video is from the hilarious The Bard episode of The Twilight Zone broadcast in 1963.  William Shakespeare is brought by magic into modern times and works as a script writer

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Ides of March: Antony Explains it All

I think it would have amused the Romans of Caesar’s generation if they could have learned that the assassination of Julius Caesar would eventually receive immortality through a play written more than 16 centuries after the event by a barbarian

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Body of Richard III Identified

History is always a subject without end.  The body of the last Plantagenet king of England, Richard III has been identified:   “The verification came after scientific tests were used to match DNA samples taken from Canadian-born Michael Ibsen, a

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Coriolanus

Though the great houses love us not, we own, to do them right, That the great houses, all save one, have borne them well in fight. Still Caius of Corioli, his triumphs and his wrongs, His vengeance and his mercy,

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Agincourt

  Something for the weekend.  Agincourt by the ever talented folks at History for Music Lovers, to the tune of As Tears Go By, by Marianne Faithful. October 25, 1415 was an amazing day for the English.  The English longbow had

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Henry V Times Four

  No special reason to post this, other than I have always loved this speech, and one video containing four perormances of the “band of brothers” speech from Henry V is too sweet not to share with our readers.  Courage,

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What is a Youth?

Something for the weekend.  What is a Youth from Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet (1968).  I think this film is the most beautiful adaptation of Shakespeare’s paean to young love.

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Age of Kings?

   I love Shakespeare and I love history, so I naturally glommed on to Shakespeare’s An Age of Kings (Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III) after it was released by the BBC in this country.  The plays

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