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Q: Kingship by Decree
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0370.  Wednesday, 27 April 1994.
From:           Barbara Simerka <
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Date:           Tuesday, 26 Apr 1994 17:21:31 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        kingship by decree
I am investigating the theatrical representation of the transition from the
monarchy as a moment of "presence" -- personal audiences, etc. to the more
modern type of governance by decree, with requests coming to the monarch in
the form of petitions rather than oral requests.  Is this an issue in the
plays of Shakespeare or any of his contemporaries?  At what historical
moment (during whose reign) does this transition occur in early modern
Barbara Simerka
Davidson College

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