The Merry Wives of Windsor ★★★☆½

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Title: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Series: ———-
Author: William Shakespeare
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Play, Comedy
Pages: 80
Format: Digital Edition


Falstaff, a fat, flagrant lecher, pursues two married women of Windsor at the same time. The two wives decide to turn the tables on him and put him through all sorts of trials at the hands of their unsuspecting husbands. One time Falstaff is taken out of the house in a basket of laundry and thrown into the river. Another time he has to dress up like an ill-favored Aunt and is beaten by one of the husbands who hates the Aunt.Finally, he is made to dress up in deer antlers and beset upon by a group of children and pinched and beaten at midnight.

There is a smaller sub-plot of a young man and woman who want to get married and that is carried out under the nose of the father and mother, who each want the girl to marry the suitor of their choice.

Everyone but Falstaff ends up happy.


My Thoughts:

I wonder, why would a fat old man think he could woo happily married women? If I’d been one of the husbands, I’d have stuck a sword through Falstaff first chance I got.

I enjoyed this a good bit as I was able to make the play happen in my head. I had to consciously do it, but picturing it in my mind made it so much more palatable than just words on the page. Falstaff getting dumped in the river and beaten had me laughing out loud, like it was supposed to.

I have to admit that the whole “jealous husband testing his wife” thing that Shakespeare seems to thrive on (in regards to almost any married couple) doesn’t work for me. I don’t know if its a cultural thing or a personal thing or what, but if I ever suspected something untoward regarding Mrs B, I’d ask her. If there was another man then a 1st degree homicide would occur, but I wouldn’t be setting up scenarios to try to trap her or to try to make her act unfaithfully. That isn’t how real love works. Good old murder now, that’s how Twue Wuv weally works. * Fezzik cheers *

I am thankful this was as entertaining as it was. I was afraid I was going to have to put some more space in my reading rotation so I could continue on, but this helps keep me interested. Reading a Complete Shakespeare is kind of like a marathon. Don’t do it lightly and for phrack’s sake, don’t ever, ever, EVER sprint.



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25 thoughts on “The Merry Wives of Windsor ★★★☆½

  1. pcbushi says:

    Melodramatic old Willy. 😉

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  2. Nicole says:

    100% agree, sprinting through Shakespeare is a bad idea. I’m glad you liked this one more than the others I’ve read your reviews of!

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  3. Oh how much I hate Falstaff. This for me is the worst Shakespeare play. Glad ye liked it more than me!
    x The Captain

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  4. I was very happy to read your review as I was somewhat dreading this play. Shakespeare’s comedies are often not my favourites but I can now pick this one up without trepidation. Murder?! Really? Well, I guess it’s short and to the point. 😉

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  5. We did Hamlet at school which I liked at the time, so I read Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, but I haven’t bothered much reading his other stuff since I left school. I have seen a production of ‘The Scottish Play’ which I liked and a couple of versions of Hamlet.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I read some of his stuff randomly in highschool and college, but honestly can’t remember which ones. Which is why I’m systematically going through his complete works now. I figure I should be finished in several years 🙂


  6. Uh, I have NOT heard of that one before, shame on me 😀 But then, I only know the most popular Shakespeares and way too many poems. German schools make you analyze them until you can’t see them anymore..


    ..This story sounds like it’s fun though. Even though I also don’t understand why this dude would think he has a chance and why the husbands went along with it

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  7. “”why would a fat old man think he could woo happily married women?””
    Good question: I have often observed that this kind of man (the obnoxious one) never takes into account his physical aspect if he’s convinced – as this character seems to be – that he is the gods’ gift to women anywhere… 😀 😀
    So, well done Mr. Shakespeare with the beatings and the forced river baths! 😉

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  8. Matt Ries says:

    Yeah, after I read this one I realized I needed to watch a production of it. I only rated it two stars and frankly I think Falstaff only works if he’s in a scene with a somewhat serious character like Prince Hal.

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  9. Really great that you were able to picture this in your head and this made it better 🙂 Oh yeah I always laugh at how unrealistic some Shakespearean tropes are- like it’s a good idea to test wives rather than have a conversation 😉 Can’t imagine that going down too well in real life 😉 Glad you enjoyed this one more!

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  10. A sword through him? That’s a very kind death! But man, I’m with you on this. #ForTwueWuv

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  11. savageddt says:

    I am glad you enjoyed this semi.

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