Ewan Fernie is Chair, Professor and Fellow at The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. His latest books are Shakespeare for Freedom: Why the Plays Matter; Macbeth, Macbeth (with Simon Palfrey); and Thomas Mann and Shakespeare: Something Rich and Strange (edited with Tobias Döring). New Places: Shakespeare and Creativity, edited with Paul Edmondson, is forthcoming.
Ewan Fernie with the Shakespeare tribute presented to the nineteenth-century Hungarian freedom fighter Lajos Kossuth. Image courtesy of the National Széchényi Library, Budapest; photo by Peter Rákossy.