The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0639 Friday, 10 July 1998.
Date: Thursday, 09 Jul 1998 16:13:27 -0400
Subject: The Military and Social Rank
I am currently working on Massinger's _The Unnatural Combat_ and I have
a question about the social rank of high-level military officers in the
early modern period. It is clear, for example, that Belgarde, a
"captain," is a member of the middle/lower orders, but what about the
career "admiral" Malefort? Who were these people who ran the military
institution on a day to day basis? From which classes were they culled?
How does Othello fit into this, or is his specific class identity
occluded by issues of race? Does our modern
commissioned/non-commissioned paradigm work back then? Any suggestions?
With thanks, Gareth