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John Shakespeare's 1580 Fines
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1215  Wednesday, 1 May 2002

From:           Sophie Masson <
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Date:           Thursday, 2 May 2002 01:25:43 +1000
Subject:        John Shakespeare's 1580 Fines

Another 1580 question, for the elucidation of which I humbly petition
SHAKSPEReans for learned answers (sorry, the language is catching!):

John Shakespeare was fined, twice, twenty pounds each time, in 1580 (in
Queen's Bench). The first fine was 'not appearing to find surety to keep
the peace', the second apparently for 'a pledge for a Nottingham
hatmaker'.  Rowse says there is no record these fines were paid but he
appears to think that at least the first may have been as the result of
an affray with John's creditors. I know that in 1582 John petitioned
Queen's Bench himself for a surety of the peace against 4 Stratford men
(Cawdrey and co). Is it known now at all who brought the first petition
against him, and for what reason? Had he really been threatening his
creditors? and if so, who?

My grateful thanks, good sirs and ladies.

Sophie Masson
Author site: http://www.northnet.com.au/~smasson

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