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Re: Shakespeare and Milton
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2097  Tuesday, 30 November 1999.

From:           Roy Flannagan <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Nov 1999 11:16:26 -0500
Subject: 10.2087 Re: Shakespeare and Milton
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2087 Re: Shakespeare and Milton

>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.

Thanks for the corrections.  Any errors were mine and not those of
Gordon Campbell.  Connecting Ferdinando Stanley with both Shakespeare
and Milton (through Alice Spencer) is important. There are some problems
with establishing whether or not Shakespeare was connected with Lord
Strange's company, as well.

> > The connection of Milton's father with the Blackfriars in 1620 is
> > fascinating, though.

as is the possibility that "I.M" signature in the First Folio is that of
John Milton the Scrivener, which Campbell makes seem utterly plausible.

Roy Flannagan
 

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