Back again for #TBT w/ #HBH
For this week’s Historic Beards of History:
William #Shakespeare; the 16th-century bearded bard of Stratford-upon-Avon who dropped quill-upon-page and piled homework-upon-student. The Bard of Avon's works include approximately 39 plays, 154 sonnets, two narrative poems, one decidedly so-so earring, and an expertly groomed set of chin whiskers.
In truth Shakespeare, as many of his day, took great care and interest in a rich chin coat. It was a topic he often touched on in his plays: “I will discharge it in either your straw-colour beard, your orange-tawny beard, your purple-in-grain beard, or your French-crown-colour beard, your perfect yellow.” Shakespeare's Nick Bottom of #AMidsummerNightsDream wondered when deciding to dye his beard. “Who calls me villain? breaks my pate across? Plucks off my beard, and blows it in my face?” #Hamlet scowled, the trifling of ones beard the ULTIMATE insult.
Shakespeare also resurrected the biblical phrase “to beard/ed” denoting a hostile face-off between foes. “Do what thou dar’st; I’ll beard thee to thy face.” the Bishop of Winchester threatened in #HenryVI.
There was no greater allegiance for Nestor in #Troilus and #Cressida when he pledged "By this white beard, I’d fight with thee to-morrow.” Indeed Shakespeare felt quite strongly about a man and his beard. Perhaps his best and most recognizable quote, from #MuchAdoAboutNothing, is the longest lasting in the minds of us #POGO: “He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man.” Damn right, Billy Shakes. Damn right! #beard#pogobeardco#beardoil#beardbalm#smallbusiness#familybusiness#newjersey#beardup#beards#beardeddragon#beardgang#bearded#beardedman#beardedlady#beardlove#mensgrooming#beardsofinstagram