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Re: Shakespeare's Will
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0622  Monday, 4 March 2002

[1]     From:   Steve Roth <
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        Date:   Friday, 1 Mar 2002 09:02:14 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0610 Re: Shakespeare's Will

[2]     From:   Alan Somerset <
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        Date:   Friday, 1 Mar 2002 15:41:41 -0500
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[3]     From:   Vick Bennison <
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        Date:   Friday, 01 Mar 2002 22:21:49 EST
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From:           Steve Roth <
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Date:           Friday, 1 Mar 2002 09:02:14 -0800
Subject: 13.0610 Re: Shakespeare's Will
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0610 Re: Shakespeare's Will

Sean Lawrence wrote,

>did people in the Renaissance ever have more
>than one type of handwriting?

This is rather a tangential answer to your question, but John Bossy, in
his book "Giordano Bruno and the Embassy Affair," argues that Bruno
(operating as a spy and under a pseudonym) used a variety of disguised
handwritings to cover his tracks.

I didn't, however, find this the most convincing part of what is in
general a truly wonderful book.

Steve
http://princehamlet.com

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From:           Alan Somerset <
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Date:           Friday, 1 Mar 2002 15:41:41 -0500
Subject: 13.0610 Re: Shakespeare's Will
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0610 Re: Shakespeare's Will

On the handwriting question:  certainly people were able to write in
more than one handwriting style.  Professional writers could write in
the different styles required by different courts of law -- Ben Jonson
is poking a little fun, by making an exaggerated claim about Dapper in
The Alchemist, when Face claims that Dapper has "six fair hands without
book."  Short of this virtuosity, anyone who has looked at accounts or
other such documents can see how a writer would be able to alter styles
for headings, subheadings, final summations, and so on.

Alan Somerset
University of Western Ontario

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From:           Vick Bennison <
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Date:           Friday, 01 Mar 2002 22:21:49 EST
Subject: 13.0610 Re: Shakespeare's Will
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0610 Re: Shakespeare's Will

Larry Weiss writes:  "I had looked at Hamilton's book, which I found to
present an argument based strictly on perceived handwriting similarities
in the will, and which contained several plates showing claimed
exemplars.  I found it odd that there was no reference to Hand D in "The
Book of Sir Thomas More," so I attended the performance and asked
Hamilton whether or not he had considered Hand D. His astonishing
response was that he based his contention on textual similarities, NOT
handwriting analysis."

Either I misunderstand what you are saying or we are talking about
different books.  In his 1984 book "In Search of Shakespeare" Hamilton
presents an entire chapter on Hand D, and examines the handwriting in
some detail.  He concludes Hand D was Shakespeare's.

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