The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1096 Wednesday, 30 June 1999.
From: C. David Frankel <
Date: Tuesday, 29 Jun 1999 19:23:58 -0400
Subject: Julius Caesar Query
Louis Marder listed this point in his reply to Harpers':
There is not one atom of evidence to prove Oxford was lame after his
duel with Thomas Knyvet linking him with Shakespeare's presumed
lameness, which is merely a figure of speech in the sonnets. Even if
both were lame, it would not positively mean that they were one and the
I'm curious about Shakespeare's lameness-is this a widely accepted
presumption? and if so, on what evidence. One of the reason's I'm
interested is that in Julius Caesar, I, iii, Casca says: "BM_136Stand
close awhile, for here comes one in haste," to which Cassius replies, "
'Tis Cinna; I do know him by his gait
is a friend
<http://www-tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/Gloss/gloss.F.html#FRIEND> ." I
have speculated that this line indicates that Cinna walks with a limp
and that, perhaps, the actor did as well (although the limp could be
purely theatrical). I know that Shakespeare is sometimes said to have
played Caesar, but is there any evidence or hearsay to suggest that he
might have played Cinna the Conspirator?