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Re: Shakespeare and Milton
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2087  Monday, 29 November 1999.

From:           Dom Saliani <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Nov 1999 18:26:36 -0700
Subject: 10.2075 Shakespeare and Milton
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2075 Shakespeare and Milton

Roy Flannagan wrote:
>
> The little parish church of Tong, in Shropshire, holds the tomb of
> several members of the Stanley Family, one of whom was
>  the Lord Strange who helped
> support an acting company of which Shakespeare was a member. . .
>
> The Stanley family and the widow of Sir Edward Stanley, Alice Spencer,
> Countess Dowager of Derby, were to support Milton's writing in the early
> 1630s.  Lady Alice and her stepson, John Egerton, sponsored Milton's
> masques "Arcades" and Comus respectively.<

I shared Roy Flannagan's post concerning Shakespeare and Milton with a
friend Nina Green, who is interested in this period. In her response to
the posting, she cautions Flannagan on the identity of Alice Spencer:

> Alice Spencer was the widow of Ferdinando
> Stanley (d.1594), Lord Strange and Earl of Derby, not the widow of the Sir
> Edward Stanley whose tomb is at Tong.  And the Lord Strange who was the
> patron of an acting company during the Elizabethan period was Ferdinando
> Stanley (d.1594), not the Lord Strange (Sir Edward Stanley?) who was
> buried at Tong.
>
> The connection of Milton's father with the Blackfriars in 1620 is
> fascinating, though.

Dom Saliani
 

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