Happy Saturday, friends! It’s time, again, for some exciting Shakespeare-related stuff! This past week a 17th century notepad containing notes on Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies turned up at the Antiques Roadshow.
For those of you who are – somehow – unfamiliar with the Antiques Roadshow… it’s this neat little series on PBS that travels around and appraises people’s random junk and family treasures. Occasionally, some real treasures are uncovered, but most of the time appraisers use the same few phrases (“beautiful veneer”) to describe something pretty that’s mostly worthless.
Well, anyway… The notebook, which dates back to a time in which Shakespeare was actually alive, is believed to have belonged to John Loveday of Caversham, and was discovered by his five times-grandson, who, of course, had no idea what he was in possession of. Kinda makes you wanna go rifling through your grandparents’ stuff, doesn’t it?
Initially, I thought this whole thing might be a hoax, because I first stumbled upon the article on April first. And, given how often I’ve fallen for the “Firefly Reboot” articles, I was more than a little skeptical. However, I’ve kept an eye out for more recent articles, and am pleased that this, indeed, seems to be a legitimate find of untold scientific and scholarly significance. Time will tell what the owner decides to do with this magnificent specimen. Let’s hope he allows it to be properly studied and preserved.