The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1278 Wednesday, 30 May 2001
From: Graham Hall <
Date: Tuesday, 29 May 2001 13:06:35 -0000
Subject: Malvolio's Socks
Professor Katherine Duncan-Jones in her very readable "Ungentle
Shakespeare" links Malvolio's cross-gartering to Shakespeare's coat of
arms and remarks on the Order of the Garter and the fashion of the time.
The linkage is highly persuasive and plausible. I recall an association
with a dispute over the monopoly on yellow dye involving a deceased
physician to Elizabeth, his widow, the over-use of the colour, and the
Queen's abhorrence of its pervasiveness in ruffles and collars. This
also seemed plausible and persuasive. Have I eaten of the insane root or
does anyone recollect the details of the case?
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