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Re: Apocrypha
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1814  Monday, 25 October 1999.

From:           Marti Markus <
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Date:           Saturday, 23 Oct 1999 18:12:46 +0100
Subject: 10.1800 Q:
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1800 Q:

>Does anyone but me find it interesting that Shakespeare makes good use
>of the Apocrypha (the name "Holofernes" from the Book of Judith or "A
>Daniel come to judgment" (from Susanna).  Did the Church of England
>commonly use the Apocrypha in Shakespeare's time?

Maybe not the Church of England - but both had been very popular as
characters in paintings and sculptures for a long time, and still are
(Judith and Holofernes: Donatello, Caravaccio etc.; and Susanna taking
her bath was as a motif as good an excuse as you could get for painting
a naked female body and for watching it - the moral twist that voyeurs
will be judged and condemned being a special pun for a painting) . Until
now I have myself been convinced that those story appear in the official

Ashamed, MM

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