Shakespeare in Riyadh

The Saudi royal family wanted to avoid the prying eyes of a troublesome journalist. Shakespeare teaches us what happens when we overreact to our provocateurs.

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Washington Post journalist and Saudi critic, Jamal Khashoggi

“Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?”

In Shakespeare’s version, the king’s knights traveled from Normandy to Canterbury with swords drawn, where they slew the priest in a botched showdown that resulted in partial decapitation before delivering the coup de grace.

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Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud

Author of “Be Somebody — Extraordinary Lives” (published 2021); 2019 Telly Award for Documentary @IconicVoices.tv; ex-publisher @Forbes

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