Well, I learned a lot about Hamlet yesterday on my visit to Helsingførs.
I might have thought that Shakespeare made it up, but it turns out that whole story has a long history. Some Danish king felt inadequate and had a scribe write up a history of his ancestors, mostly to prove he had some, and that they had claim to kingships.
It was the Danish Chronicle.
A NEW CHRONICLE TO READ!
it turns out there was this character Amledgh who did just about all the things that Hamlet did.
very good stuff.
But my feet hurt.