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Mary Benson


AS GOOD AS GOD, AS CLEVER AS THE DEVIL The impossible life of Mary Benson When Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury, died on his knees in church in 1896, his wife Mary, whom Prime Minister Gladstone had called “the cleverest woman in Europe”, assumed the name ‘Ben’, took her friend Lucy Tait into her […]



LORENZO DA PONTE The Adventures of Mozart’s Librettist in the Old and New Worlds By the time he was forty, Lorenzo Da Ponte had been a poet, priest, lover and libertine, a friend of Casanova, collaborator then enemy of Salieri, and ultimately the librettist for three of Mozart’s most sublime operas – The Marriage of […]

Christopher Marlowe


HISTORY PLAY The Lives and Afterlife of Christopher Marlowe What if Christopher Marlowe staged his own death, fled to the Continent and went on to write the works we now attribute to Shakespeare? Working with hard facts and a healthy dose of conjecture, History Play questions the purpose of biography in a daring, imaginative narrative. […]