The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1593 Friday, 25 August 2000.
Date: Friday, 25 Aug 2000 09:51:14 -0400
Subject: Brandon and the Stationer's Register
Can anyone on the listserv tell me how to access the Stationer's
Register online, if that's possible? All I've found to this point are
links from various websites to Register entries I'm not interested in.
Two more related questions: I'm doing research on various Tudor Roman
plays, Shakespeare's and others. Right now I'm rereading Samuel
Brandon's *The Virtuous Octavia*, in which Octavia remarks in great
detail on her husband before Antony, Marcellus. I've found just one line
in Plutarch that mentions her widowhood. Does Brandon perhaps have
another source for this information? Then, at another point early in
this closet drama, Octavia forestalls conflict between her brother and
Antony at Tarentum by standing in between them on the battlefield. It
seems clear that Brandon got some of the language of this scene from
Plutarch's *Life of Antony*, but what about the action? Has anyone heard
of Octavia's doing this?
Thanks in advance to all,