… this carelesse wretch that made such a mockery of praier, readie to set foote a Land, cryed out: not without Mustard good Lord, not without Mustard: as though it had been the greatest torment in the world, to haue eaten Haberdine without Mustard.
Thomas Nashe, Pierce Peniless his Supplication to the Diuell (London, 1592).
Hello and welcome to the homepage of Dr Brett D. Hirsch, an academic website in five acts, with the customary prologue and jigs. Here you’ll find information about my research interests and teaching, my curriculum vitae, and my extra-curricular forays into the wonderful world of Irish bagpipes.
The Coat of Arms
Like Shakespeare (“non sanz droict”), I have also self-fashioned my coat-of-arms (“non sanz mustarde”). Well, I think so at least — I’ve yet to come across an authentic coat of arms or emblematic standard that has a stag (“Hirsch”) rampant holding a mustard pot, complete with spoon. Make fun of that, Jonson!
Dr Brett D. Hirsch
Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (M208) / University of Western Australia / 35 Stirling Hwy / Crawley WA 6009 / Australia