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New Version - Complete Works of Shakespeare

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Due to the release of the movie Anonymous, people have been talking around their water-coolers about the speculation whether William Shakespeare is really the author of the works that bear his name. Obviously this isn’t one of those rigorously researched movies that aims to the tell the truth. Instead it joins the legion of movies that play on our old-fashioned love of the conspiracy theory. But on the plus side, perhaps it will inspire renewed interest in the works of the long-dead bard.

If that’s something that appeals to you, or maybe you’ve always wanted to have an index of Shakespeare’s works so you can look up words, phrases or lines, then you’re in for a treat. BibleWorks user Bob Venem has put together William Shakespeare’s complete works into a BibleWorks version. Granted it’s not Biblical studies or anything like that, but it does make good use of the BibleWorks engine for anyone out there who’s interested in digging deeper into Shakespeare’s stuff. Enjoy!

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1. Unzip the files to the \databases\ subfolder in your BibleWorks folder and restart BibleWorks. The new versions will use the version IDs SHKS1 and SHKS2 (it was so big it had to be divided into multiple versions)

2. In order to get the book names to show up correctly you must also add the following lines to the file books.bna (found in the BibleWorks subfolder called \init\)

Son,The Sonnets,The Sonnets,The Sonnets
ALC,A Lover’s Complaint,A Lover’s Complaint,A Lover’s Complaint
AWT,All’s Well That Ends Well,All’s Well That Ends Well,All’s Well That Ends Well
AAC,The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra,The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra,The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra
AYL,As You Like It,As You Like It,As You Like It
COE,The Comedy of Errors,The Comedy of Errors,The Comedy of Errors
TOC,The Tragedy of Coriolanus,The Tragedy of Coriolanus,The Tragedy of Coriolanus
CYM,Cymbeline,Cymbeline,Cymbeline
HAM,The Tragedy of Hamlet,The Tragedy of Hamlet,The Tragedy of Hamlet
H41,The First Part of King Henry the Fourth,The First Part of King Henry the Fourth,The First Part of King Henry the Fourth
H42,The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth,The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth,The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth
KH5,The King of King Henry the Fifth,The King of King Henry the Fifth,The King of King Henry the Fifth
H61,The First Part of King Henry the Sixth,The First Part of King Henry the Sixth,The First Part of King Henry the Sixth
H62,The Second Part of King Henry the Sixth,The Second Part of King Henry the Sixth,The Second Part of King Henry the Sixth
H63,The Third Part of King Henry the Sixth,The Third Part of King Henry the Sixth,The Third Part of King Henry the Sixth
KH8,King Henry the Eighth,King Henry the Eighth,King Henry the Eighth
KJN,King John,King John,King John
JUC,The Tragedy of Julius Caesar,The Tragedy of Julius Caesar,The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
KLR,The Tragedy of King Lear,The Tragedy of King Lear,The Tragedy of King Lear
LLL,Love’s Labour’s Lost,Love’s Labour’s Lost,Love’s Labour’s Lost
MAC,The Tragedy of Macbeth,The Tragedy of Macbeth,The Tragedy of Macbeth
MFM,Measure for Measure,Measure for Measure,Measure for Measure
MOV,The Merchant of Venice,The Merchant of Venice,The Merchant of Venice
MWW,The Merry Wives of Windsor,The Merry Wives of Windsor,The Merry Wives of Windsor
MND,A Midsummer Night’s Dream,A Midsummer Night’s Dream,A Midsummer Night’s Dream
ADO,Much Ado About Nothing,Much Ado About Nothing,Much Ado About Nothing
OTH,The Tragedy of Othello,The Tragedy of Othello,The Tragedy of Othello
KR2,King Richard the Second,King Richard the Second,King Richard the Second
KR3,King Richard the Third,King Richard the Third,King Richard the Third
RAJ,The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet,The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet,The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
TOS,The Taming of the Shrew,The Taming of the Shrew,The Taming of the Shrew
TPS,The Tempest,The Tempest,The Tempest
TOA,The Life of Timon of Athens,The Life of Timon of Athens,The Life of Timon of Athens
TIA,The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus,The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus,The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus
TAC,The History of Troilus and Cressida,The History of Troilus and Cressida,The History of Troilus and Cressida
TWN,Twelfth Night,Twelfth Night,Twelfth Night
TGV,The Two Gentlemen of Verona,The Two Gentlemen of Verona,The Two Gentlemen of Verona
WIT,The Winter’s Tale,The Winter’s Tale,The Winter’s Tale

3. Right click the .bna file and use the Open With command with a text editor (like Notepad) to paste in the text above at the end of the file.

4. Save the file and re-start BibleWorks.