The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1409 Tuesday 10 August 1999.
Date: Mond, 9 Aug 1999 15:16:49 -0400
I've just read in the Arden Richard II (Peter Ure, ed) that the garden
scene (3.4) was thought to have taken place at the Duke of York's
castle, Langley (p. li). Would this be Langley Castle in
Northumberland, now a hotel? It was built by Edward III, but its
ownership after that is murky, although I understand that the Duke of
Northumberland owned it during Henry VI's reign at least, but his
family lost it subsequently. Does anyone know if this is the castle Ure
refers to? Nothing in R2 seems to me to suggest a particular castle,
although clearly it has to be one either owned or visited by the Duke of
York, since the gardeners seem to know he has received messages about
Richard's capture. Was there another Langley Castle somewhere else?
All help gratefully received!
Editor, EARLY THEATRE / Dept of English