The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1454  Friday 20 August 1999.

From:           Carol Barton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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
with Macbeth?

Please help if you can.

And thanks, from both of us!

Carol Barton

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