Heraldry!

Petruchio: “A herald Kate? Oh put me in your bookes!”

Kate: “What is your crest? A coxcombe?!”

Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Act 2, Scene 1

Italian Heraldry abounds! For a primer on heraldry in the Italian Renaissance, the time period for Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, check out this page: https://fleurtyherald.wordpress.com/araldica/

and also this one: https://www.theheraldrysociety.com/articles/heraldry-in-italy-during-the-middle-ages-and-renaissance/

In fact, you can read this whole blog for all sorts of insights into the Italian Renaissance, the time period of Taming of the Shrew! https://fleurtyherald.wordpress.com/

Florence! The birthplace of Commedia dell’ Arte!

Cities mentioned in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew include Padua, Venice, Rome, Florence, and Genoa.

Padua is where the primary action of the play takes place. Here is an image of the city of Padua’s heraldry:

In 1596 William Shakespeare’s father, John Shakespeare, was granted a coat-of-arms. Read more about the Shakespeare family heraldry here at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust website: https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/shakespedia/william-shakespeare/shakespeare-coat-arms/

This image comes from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust website at: https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/shakespedia/william-shakespeare/shakespeare-coat-arms/