Remember, remember

Guy Fawkes setting the fuse, by George Cruikshank

“Remember, remember the Fifth of November”… and also all the dates leading up to it: this post is a reminder that Witch Week 2021 will be have as its focus the theme Treason and Plot for a series of guest posts between Halloween and Bonfire Night, all inspired by momentous events back in November 1605.

Duke Prospero’s conniving brother and his associates appeared in Shakespeare’s The Tempest for the first time on 1st November 1611, in front of King James who, you may remember, was the intended target of the Guy Fawkes and the other Gunpowder Plotters.

The play naturally forms an ideal text to consider as part of our week-long event. In a post entitled ‘Rough Magic’ I have discussed D G James’s collected essays on the play, The Dream of Prospero (1967), which included the conventional belief that Shakespeare himself took the part of Prospero, as a kind of farewell to the stage in this his final play.

But much more is being offered as part of our Treason and Plot theme, so in the meantime here are some bookish suggestions for you to get you in the mood.

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