Swaggering Companions


Reviews written by Nicole Emmerson


Blogging for Shakespeare


This is the largest online Shakespeare community in the world. They frequently publish cool blogs about all sorts of Shakespeare-related intrigues, there's podcasts & exclusive interviews, plus when there's big news in The World of Shakespeare, they always seem to know about it first (and that's to say, months in advance)! If you like Shakespeare, this should probably be your homepage...

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University of Victoria, Internet Shakespeare Editions


This excellent website provides you with all the original folios and quartos in scanned images of the actual pages and typed-up plain text format! Amazingly this is completely free and they have a very good system of being able to jump from one version to the other, directly to the scene you were already on, thus saving a lot time and allowing you to get an easy and efficient cross-section of the different versions. No adverts flashing in your face and no pop-ups. This what Shakespeare is all about – I can hardly imagine a more beautiful gift to the world.


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare


This full collection of Shakespeare’s works are all public domain and arranged very clearly, no adverts etc. and simple interface that works like ZAP! no matter your internet connection. They also have the choice of selecting a scene or getting the entire script on one page, which is also helpful. Of the many online complete works, this is my favourite for it’s simplicity and although there are the occasional mistakes, it is still 99% accurate, which is more than I can say for many other website’s AND universities' editions.


The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust


Really, it's the home of Shakespeare in more than just a 'tagline' sense - they hail from Stratford-upon-Avon, where they look after Shakespeare's old house, grave, church and ye-olde-leather-glove-making-shop (yes, I've been on the tour and yes, it was good). But aside from that, they actually have a really cool website and there's loads of mad/cool stuff to check out on there.


Cliffs Notes: Shakespeare Central


Although I haven’t had a chance to use this website much, there is certainly a lot of enthusiasm and content about Shakespeare. Cliff’s Notes are generally considered to be amongst the best available but as with all ‘glossary’ or ‘annotated’ editions there is a wealth of unaddressed words, meanings, phrases and terms. Only Three Tragedies by Humphrey Bartosik is a ‘comprehensive’ explanation of what the text means. But then again, for a free online service, this website is clearly an amazing resource.


Online Etymology


This website is FANTASTIC! Just enter the word in question and it will tell you all about it, when it was first used, how it’s spelling has changed etc. etc. This is one of the best websites I have ever come across because once again it’s flawlessly simple, has no advertising content and yep, is completely free of charge. In fact, it was this website, among other resources, which ensured Three Tragedies by William Shakespeare offers unrivalled insight into the meaning of lines.


History Plays – Family Tree


This perfect online publication will save you hours of headaches as it provides a clear and precise bloodline of the Royal English dynasty. Simple, free, no blasted adverts.


Shakespeare’s Monologues


It is my belief that everyone should know at least one Shakespearean monologue. They’re all life-changing and there’s so many of them! Go and find yours here. And by the way – if you call yourself an actor and don’t know a Shakespearean monologue, then you aint no actor pal.


The Ultimate Book Store


If it was published, you’ll find it here or if not, you’re in for a real adventure.




This guy is hilarious! And so dedicated too! He posts new articles every day and they always concern Shakespeare. If you want a (Shakespeare-related) laugh, that's the place to go.