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Re: Honan
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1213  Tuesday, 1 December 1998.

From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Mondayy, 30 Nov 1998 22:57:52 -0500
Subject: 9.1204  Re: Honan
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1204  Re: Honan

Roy Flannagan  writes:

>I have been impressed with Honan's biography so far, for giving some
>sense of what a glover's son in Stratford might grow up to know about
>the bourgeoisie, trade with the Dutch, feminine apprentices, sheep,
>theft, petty-proud guildsmen, Ovid, poaching, wattle-and-daub,
>recusancy, money worries, family loyalty, illegitimate children.

I fully agree, but I want to bring up (as Honan does on page 83) the
fact that the consistory court's license entry has William "Shaxpere"
marrying "Annam whateley de Temple grafton."

Earlier Honan suggests that "hate away" in Sonnet 145 is a reference to
Hathaway, and notes that Anne is sometimes called Agnes, pronounced
Annes (74).

In any case, in the sixteenth century, names seem to have been spelled
(vaguely) phonetically (e.g., Morley for Marlowe). Is there any chance
that Whateley is a variant of Hathaway? It sounds (as my students say)
like a stretch, but I'm wondering if Whately could have been pronounced
Hateley which might be close enough to Hate-away for a sixteenth century
clerk.

Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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