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Re: Biographical Queries
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0426  Thursday, 22 February 2001

[1]     From:   Joe Conlon <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 21 Feb 2001 16:14:02 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0415 Re: Biographical Queries

[2]     From:   Takashi Kozuka <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 21 Feb 2001 22:34:37
        Subj:   Re: Biographical Queries


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From:           Joe Conlon <
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Date:           Wednesday, 21 Feb 2001 16:14:02 -0500
Subject: 12.0415 Re: Biographical Queries
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0415 Re: Biographical Queries

When I visited Stratford in August of 1999, I was told that a large
number of town records had been recently discovered in a room off a
stairwell going from the guildhall to the school which had long since
been covered over and forgotten.  This room was discovered, I was told,
during some renovations to the building, and the records were in the
process of being catalogued.  Has anyone else heard anything about
this?  Were there indeed town records found?  Have they been catalogued
and what years were covered in the documents?  Was anything with a
Shakespeare connection found?

Joe Conlon
Warsaw, IN

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From:           Takashi Kozuka <
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Date:           Wednesday, 21 Feb 2001 22:34:37
Subject:        Re: Biographical Queries

David Kathman <
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>There is considerable evidence that John
>Shakespeare fell on hard times in the late 1570s; Park Honan, in his
>recent biography (pp. 25-42) presents some pretty good circumstantial
>evidence that this fall from grace was tied to a crackdown on illegal
>wool dealing in late 1576, a practice from which John Shakespeare had
>apparently derived much of his income.

To add to Kathman's excellent observation and reference, some
biographers have also pointed out an interesting fact that although John
fell on hard times, he did not (have to) sell his double-house in Henley
Street. "What sort of 'hard times'?" is one of the questions to which
the proponents of the "Shakeshafte" theory or Lancastrian Shakespeare
keep coming back.  SHAKESPEReans can find the discussion on the theory
in the past in the SHAKESPER archive by entering a keyword "Houghton"
(or "Hoghton").

Takashi Kozuka
PhD Student
Centre for the Study of the Renaissance
University of Warwick (UK)

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