“Falstaff at Herne’s Oak, from ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor,'” Act V, Scene V. Painting by James Stephanoff, 1832.


1189-004-0f7a7ae6My blog, the Merry Wife of Windsor, is a play on words from William Shakespeare’s comical masterpiece, The Merry Wives of Windsor. In its heyday The Merry Wives of Windsor was a very popular play that portrayed a comedy set in the early fifteenth century, under the rule of Henry IV. It’s central figure is Sir John Falstaff who begins to make inappropriate overtures to two married middle class women, Mistresses Ford and Page only to find that it was they who have bamboozled him.

“Why, then the world’s mine oyster,
Which I with sword will open…”

– Pistol, The Merry Wives of Windsor (II.II.4-5)

While spoken by Pistol as a threat, I extend to you an invitation. I invite you to embark with me on a journey rife with insightful discussions, in-depth book reviews, and analyses of books from a historical as well as a cultural perspective.  The world is our oyster!

The following are genres that I will be covering in my book reviews [but not limited to]:

1071px-Lancashire_rose.svgHistorical Fiction/Historical Women’s Fiction

1071px-Lancashire_rose.svgHistorical Mysteries



1071px-Lancashire_rose.svgCozy Mysteries

1071px-Lancashire_rose.svgCultural Fiction

1071px-Lancashire_rose.svgHistorical Nonfiction

1071px-Lancashire_rose.svgMemoirs (Particularly ones including different religions and different cultures)

1071px-Lancashire_rose.svgReligious Fiction (Amish-centered novels)

1071px-Lancashire_rose.svgTime Travel

1071px-Lancashire_rose.svgYoung Adult Fiction

1071px-Lancashire_rose.svgWhat can you expect to find at the Merry Wife of Windsor?

If history is your thing, then this is the place for you!  Here at The Merry Wife of Windsor, you will find in-depth book reviews through the lens of a historian, that discuss the merits of a book, themes, quotes, and pertinent questions.


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