A recipe for 1610 rose cakes

Francine Segan, a food historian with a taste for the Renaissance, adapts a 1610 handwritten recipe for rose cakes from a recipe book that’s part of the Folger collection.


The smallest Shakespeares in the Folger collection

Henry Altemus’ magnificently miniature copy of “The Children’s Shakespeare” by Edith Nesbit is the Folger’s smallest Shakespeare edition. The title page’s portrait of Shakespeare is only six millimeters long. Like the book’s text, it is not discernible to the naked eye. While close, it’s not the smallest image of Shakespeare in the collection.


Quiz: Buckets of ducats in Shakespeare’s plays

Shakespeare characters love talking about their ducats, which were commonly used coins in Shakespeare’s day. Can you match the money quote to the play it comes from?


What makes Shakespeare musicals ‘American’

While Shakespeare musicals borrowed plots, characters, and situations from England’s best-known poet, they remained essentially “American.”


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