Richard Agemo, a passionate fan of Shakespeare, is a writer and resident of Washington, DC.

On the banks of the River Thames, Hampton Court Palace at times was called Avon, a short version of Avondunum, an ancient word meaning “fort by the river.” Plays by Shakespeare — the “Sweet Swan of Avon” — were staged at the palace during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and James I. Photo by Brian Brantner.

"When such a spacious mirror's set before him, he needs must see himself." Antony & Cleopatra (V, I)