shakespeare from italy


Michelangelo Crollalancia, meglio noto come William Shakespeare Retired Professor Martino Iuvara has written a book supplying  evidences  that William Shakespeare came from Sicily. He was born in Messina in 1564, the son of Dr. Florio and Guglielma Crollalanza, a family persecuted by the Catholic Church because of their Calvinist ideas. They left Messina, at that time under the Spanish crown , and moved to Treviso, near Venice. There they settled  into a house built by a Venetian mercenary moor, Otello, who had killed his wife out of jealousy. Michelangelo first studied in Venice, Padua, Mantua, then he travelled all through Greece, Spain and Austria before reaching England. There he went to live with a host, probably William’s mother relative who had lost a son, William. The man started calling Michelangelo William. The future playwright translated and then adopted his mother’s surname, Crollalancia, as his own surname Shake-the-Spear or Shakespeare. His wife was Anna Hathaway, known to be a very talented  translator. This theory could explain many obscure aspects of Shakespeare’s legendary life. Sicily had already got a remarkable theatrical tradition and was already famous for theatrical operas and sceneries…and Shakespeare was an expert and an innovator. He was familiar with ships and rules of the navy…and now we know he travelled a lot. He had a deep knowledge of Italy, its history and tradition …. and many of his works take place in Italy (including Romeo and Juliet; Othello, The two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Screw, Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, A Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, his last work). Just the comedy “troppu trafficu pì nnenti”, written in Messinese dialect appeared 50 years after in England with the title Much Ado about nothing. a Sicilian play by Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing Sicily is under the Spanish crown. Don Pedro, the Prince of Arragon, and his officers come back to Messina from a recently concluded war. Leonato, a landowner, receives a message that the soldiers will spend a month in his house. Among them there is Count Claudio, who is attracted by Leonato’s only daughter, Hero and Benedick, who is attracted by Hero’s cousin, Lady Beatrice. Benedick and Beatrice are always discussing with witty  and ironical sentences. There is a masked ball to celebrate the end of the war and the engagement  of Claudio to Hero. But Don Pedro’s brother, Don John, is jealous of all this happiness. He thinks a plot with other two soldiers, Borachio and Conrade, to trick Claudio. He wants Claudio to believe that Hero betrays  him. Hero’s maid, Margaret – who does not know of the plot – is seen while speaking to Boracho at night in Hero’s bedroom, while Claudio and Don Pedro are watching. Claudio thinks that the girl is Hero. At the wedding Claudio accuses Hero and leaves her apparently dead from shock. Hero’s father, Beatrice and Benedick, surprised, decide to unveil  the truth. With the help of the priest they make everybody think that Hero is really dead. Meanwhile the village constable, Dogberry, and his assistants have arrested Borachio and Conrade. They surprised the two while speaking about the trick played to Claudio and the Duke. This information is given to Leonato and Don Pedro. But Leonato wants to have satisfaction: he forces Claudio who feels guilty  for Hero’s dead to accept to marry Leonato’s ‘niece’, a girl he has never seen before. During the ceremony the ‘niece’ shows her real face: she is Hero. Benedick and Beatrice announce that they will be married too together with Hero and Claudius. Don John is captured while escaping.

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