Level Five: Pirates and Ancient Rome


You may recall that in Act 4, Scene 6 of Hamlet: Horatio receives a letter from the Prince, who had set sail for England, saying he was attacked by pirates and has returned safely to Denmark.

Some have speculated that Shakespeare - by leaving the pirate scene offstage, has left another clue to the mystery behind the text.

We do know that…Ophelia sent Hamlet overseas to search for the Holy Grail, because if drinking Holy Blood the Grail, will cure the evil curse than Hamlet’s soul could be restored.

So who was trying to keep Prince Hamlet from finding the Holy Grail? Who else but his friend Horatio?

In Act 5 Scene 2 when Horatio says “I am more an antique Roman than a Dane” – and Shakespeare is telling us that Horatio IS an antique roman…in act one scene one – he describes it as if he was there…

The truth is Horatio had been turning his princely friends into vampires for centuries and did not want any of them changing back into humans.

This explains why he sent the pirates…

But before letting the pirates take him, Hamlet had entrusted the secret to the Grail’s location with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

This is why they went into hiding…pretending to be dead…

Find out more in Level 6…

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