The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1454 Friday 20 August 1999.
From: Carol Barton <
Date: Thursday, 19 Aug 1999 12:16:37 EDT
Subject: The Scottish Tragedy
I have two questions on Macbeth on behalf of a colleague, if I may call
upon the expertise of those more sussed about the origins of the play
than I am. They are as follows:
I am an English teacher and I have a question regarding the history of
the real Macbeth.
In the play, it is stated that Banquo's heirs will sit on the throne of
Scotland. "Your children shall be kings." (I;iii) His only child
mentioned in the play is Fleance. Is Fleance related to King James VI
of Scotland (King James I of England) and if so, how?
In Act IV;scene i, when the show of kings come out of the cauldron, the
first king is Robert II of Scotland. Is he a direct descendant of
Fleance and if so, how?
I struggle with this reference every year and I have yet to get to the
bottom of it. Can someone help me???
I am looking for an explanation to the "two-fold ball" reference and the
"treble sceptre" reference from Act Four;scene i of the play. I know
the two-fold ball relates to France and Scotland, but what does this
have to do with Macbeth? Also, I know that the treble sceptre relates
to England, Ireland and Scotland, but again, what does this have to do
Please help if you can.
And thanks, from both of us!