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Re: Voltemar/Voltemand
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0177  Thursday, 25 January 2001

From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Jan 2001 18:18:51 -0800
Subject: 12.0154 Hendiadys
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0154 Hendiadys

>From:           R. A. Cantrell <
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>Has anyone tried to make hay of the name affinity between
>Cornelius/Voltemand and Cornelius Agrippa/Voltemar (a sometimes
>associate of the historical Dr. Faustus of the lower Germanies) or of
>the collision between Hamlet out of Wittenberg and Laertes out of Paris?

I don't think the name of Voltemar/Voltemand crops up in the records
(relatively extensive) of George Sobel a.k.a. Faust (jr.).  Doesn't it
come in first in the Speys _Life_ (1580s?) -- a bit after the historical
Sobel snuffed it in a Wittenberg tavern from the results of strychnine
poisoning.

Robin Hamilton
 

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