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The Dark Lady

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  • Producer: Kate Baxter
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The unbelievably true story of Amelia Bassano Lanier, the published Jewess and woman of colour credited with much of Shakespeare’s work

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Shakespeare called her the Dark Lady in his sonnets below, but we know her as the published poet, Amelia Bassano Lanier (1569-1645).

147:
For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright.
Who art as black as hell, as dark as night.

132:
Then will I swear beauty herself is black.
And all they foul that thy complexion lack.

130:
My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun.
Coral is far more red, than her lips red.
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun:
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head:

131:
Thy black is fairest in my judgment's place.
In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds,
And thence this slander as I think proceeds.

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