Apr 12, 2023
In today's episode, we'll be diving into the fascinating topic of changeling children in Shakespeare.
Changeling children were believed to be babies that were swapped by fairies with their own offspring, leaving behind an imposter. This myth was prevalent in Shakespeare's time and appears in many of his plays.
We'll explore the historical and cultural context behind the changeling myth, including its origins in folklore and its significance in Shakespeare's time. We'll discuss how the myth reflects the anxieties and beliefs of Shakespeare's society.
Content warning: today's episode contains material related to ableism and child deaths that may not be appropriate for all listeners. Please listen with care.
Shakespeare Anyone? is created and produced by Kourtney Smith and Elyse Sharp.
Music is "Neverending Minute" by Sounds Like Sander.
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