A scattershot podcast about William Shakespeare and his works.
I just started listening a few weeks ago and I've quickly burned through 2/3 of your episodes. Put out a darn Christopher Marlowe episode already (also Richard III). P.S. Is there a biography of you two gents on this site? If not you should add one
Hey guys, just discovered your podcast and went through all of the Hamlet stuff. Keep up the great work!By the way, if I understood what you were saying, you seemed to interpret the King's bet on Hamlet in this act as him thinking that Hamlet would beat Laertes in total number of hits. It seems to me that he actually bets that Hamlet would lose only by three or fewer hits. In this way Hamlet, who doesn't have the same fencing reputation as Laertes, is given a handicap. The fact that he is actually winning by the time things fall apart shows how much everyone has underestimated him.
You may be right about the betting. From what "experts" say, there's no universal agreement about what exactly Claudius means. Thanks for the kind words!