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Re: Murder of Gonzago
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0225  Monday, 28 January 2002

[1]     From:   Andy White <
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        Date:   Sunday, 27 Jan 2002 13:32:07 -0500
        Subj:   Murder of Gonzago

[2]     From:   Gary Allen <
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        Date:   Monday, 28 Jan 2002 00:55:51 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0204 Murder of Gonzago


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From:           Andy White <
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Date:           Sunday, 27 Jan 2002 13:32:07 -0500
Subject:        Murder of Gonzago

Anybody know this one?  I know that Shakespeare A-Z refers to an actual
murder of a Gonzago, along the lines of what we see in the play.  It was
presumably good Elizabethan tabloid-fodder, but I too have yet to see
specific evidence.

Andy White

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From:           Gary Allen <
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Date:           Monday, 28 Jan 2002 00:55:51 EST
Subject: 13.0204 Murder of Gonzago
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0204 Murder of Gonzago

John Robinson writes,

     Does anyone have any info on the Murder of Gonzago play mentioned
     In Hamlet? Did the play ever really exist, or did Shakespeare make
     it up to suit his purposes?

     Can anyone suggest references? Thanks.

The question is one that arises from time to time:

http://www.shakespeare.com/qandr/students/3.15.97/messages/464.html

There's also some discussion of the question at:

http://asgard.humn.arts.ualberta.ca/emls/iemls/shaksper/files/LOOSE%20ENDS.txt

If you get better answers, let us know, too.

Gary

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