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Burghley As Elizabeth's Moor?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0515  Tuesday, 22 March 1999.

From:           Richard Nathan <
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Date:           Monday, 22 Mar 1999 22:20:15 +0000
Subject:        Burghley As Elizabeth's Moor?

I know this isn't directly related to Shakespeare, except in so far as
Shakespeare wrote about Moors in OTHELLO and TITUS ANDRONICUS.

I was recently re-watching the British series "ELIZABETH R." with Glenda
Jackson, and I noticed that there were several instances of Elizabeth
referring to Lord Burghley as her "Moor."

At least I assume it was "Moor" as in Othello.  I suppose it could have
been "More" as in Sir Thomas More, but given More's unwillingness to
recognize the right of Henry to marry Elizabeth's mother, it doesn't
seem likely she would be referring to Burghley as her "More."

I assume this nickname had some basis in history.  Can anyone enlighten
me?

Thanks.
 

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