Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0180. Thursday, 3 March 1994.
Date: Wednesday, 02 Mar 1994 23:02:40 -0400
Subject: 5.0167 Anthony Bacon (con't)
Comment: Re: SHK 5.0167 Anthony Bacon (con't)
But if intelligence gathering required such a large apparatus and commitment of
manpower, one would think that a lot of people would get to know about it,
though not in any particular level of detail.
One might also explain the large numbers of occurrences of the word
"intelligence" in Shakespeare's drama by reference to the fact that it might
not have been meant as specifically as it is now. If we use "intelligence
officer" or "intelligence leak," these days, it's a rather specialized use. On
the other hand, Shakespeare might just be using it as the first word that came
to hand to indicate knowledge or information.
Just a thought,