Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall ~ S. C. Skillman

Reblogged from S. C. Skillman:

A thousand times the worse, to want thy light.

Love goes toward love, as schoolboys from their books,

But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.

Romeo and Juliet

  

Whether or not this is a true reflection of how Shakespeare felt about his own schooldays, it’s difficult not to feel a sense of awe upon entering the fifteenth century schoolroom where Shakespeare would have studied from 1571 to 1578, between the ages of seven and fourteen.

Actor playing the part of a 16th century schoolmaster in Shakespeare's Schoolroom

Actor playing the part of a 16th century schoolmaster in Shakespeare’s Schoolroom

Even more impressive is the opportunity to experience a costumed actor playing the part of a schoolmaster of Shakespeare’s time, teaching as young William would have been taught; the recital of Latin vocabulary and declensions, drummed into the boys’ heads through wearisome repetition. Perhaps, even, this discipline, tedious as it may have been, prepared and fitted the young boy for the acting profession, since learning lines by heart is part of an actor’s skills.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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3 Responses to Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall ~ S. C. Skillman

  1. scskillman says:

    Thank you Sue for reblogging my post. This piece along with 19 others will form my new non-fiction book “Spirit of Warwickshire”, a guide to special places in Warwickshire which I believe have spiritual resonance. I’ve really enjoyed writing it and especially researching the history of all the places I mention.

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  2. Wonderful post, but horrible to see how school was in these days. Otherwise Shakespeare made his life. 😉 Best wishes, MIchael.

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