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Spencer vs. Jonson
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1663  Monday, 2 July 2001

From:           Janie Cheaney <
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Date:           Friday, 29 Jun 2001 06:57:58 -0500
Subject:        Spencer vs. Jonson

Does anyone have an idea what touched off the duel between Gabriel
Spencer and Ben Jonson in September 1598?  It's been suggested to me: 1)
that going to jail together over the "Isle of Dogs" affair was the
opposite of a bonding experience for them, and 2) that Spencer, as a
shareholder of the Admiral's company (?) regarded Jonson as a Company
man, and resented his writing "Every Man in His Humour" for the Lord
Chamberlain's Men.  Are there any other theories?

Janie

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