Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0356. Sunday, 24 April 1994.
Date: Saturday, 23 Apr 1994 08:28 MST
Subject: Exotic settings query
I have been under the impression, from the time I first read Shakespeare as an
undergraduate, that Shakepseare used exotic settings like Italy, Denmark, and
even ancient Greece and Rome, not merely because the Renaissance was a period
in which people became fascinated with ancient times and far away places, but
because there was a certain safety from censorship in using exotic settings.
However, it seems to me that there is plenty of murder and intrigue in the
domestically set histories.
Does anyone know where the theory originated that there was some kind of
political "safety" in choosing exotic settings? How much factual or historical
evidence exists for it?