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Re: Earthquake and Fines
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1232  Friday, 3 May 2002

[1]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Saturday, 27 Apr 2002 18:51:11 -0400
        Subj:   Re: Earthquakes

[2]     From:   Sophie Masson <
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        Date:   Fri, 3 May 2002 21:11:30 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1223 Re: John Shakespeare's 1580 Fines


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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Saturday, 27 Apr 2002 18:51:11 -0400
Subject:        Re: Earthquakes

I think the chronology of events Sophie Masson asks about might be G. B.
Harrison's *Elizabethan Journals*, which charmingly compile extracts
from a
great variety of early modern sources to chronicle that queen's reign.
Unhappily, I am away from my own books and cannot look to see what
Harrison
supplied on the earthquake.

Chronicly,
Dave Evett

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From:           Sophie Masson <
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Date:           Fri, 3 May 2002 21:11:30 +1000
Subject: 13.1223 Re: John Shakespeare's 1580 Fines
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1223 Re: John Shakespeare's 1580 Fines

Yes, he was for that as well--but these particular fines were set by
Queen's Bench in Westminster. John was a complicated man, I think, and
his business and private dealings were equally tangled. My feeling is
very strongly that he and his wife were crypto-Catholics--Church
Papists, as Antonia Fraser calls them--but then so was a sizeable
minority, if not majority, of people in that area. Such a network of kin
and relationships I've had to follow!  Incidentally, in my ferreting in
all sorts of sources, I've come upon the interesting information (from,
I think, Dave Kathman's site) that George Cawdrey, (son of Ralph
Cawdrey, butcher, speculator and ex-bailiff of Stratford, who JS had
many dealings with) anyway, George,  who was one year younger than WS,
and went to Stratford Grammar School, after, in his teens went to France
and was eventually received into the seminary at Rheims...Is there any
further information about this?

Anyway, all this ferreting, for those who are interested, is for a novel
I am writing--whose first draft is nearly finished--called My Brother
Will, told from the point of view of Gilbert Shakespeare and set in
1579/80, in four parts, around four seasonal festivals, and which ends
with Will leaving Stratford for Lancashire. That period had several
significant events happening within it--the death and burial of eight
year old Anne, John S's fines, the earthquake, the Jesuit mission of
Campion and Persons, the capture of Thomas Cottom, the drowning of
Katherine Hamlett... It's an exciting and inspiring but also difficult
project. The novel is for children--older children--but will, I hope, be
read by many adults as well.  It's the third of my novels to be directly
influenced and based on WS, but the other two are fantasies based on
several plays(MIdsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night and The Tempest)and
so this is the first to directly focus on Will and his family.
Terrifying but also liberating, and thrilling. I want to try and convey
to kids, and also to those older people who are interested, the textures
of Will's background, so that not only he but his family and community
emerge vividly. And as a novel, though I want it to be true to the
spirit of the time and to the facts such as we know them, I can fill in
gaps and reimagine a whole thing which one cannot, ethically, do in
non-fiction.

Incidentally, one of my Shakespearean fantasy novels, which is at
present called The Lost Island but will be published with another
name(still debating that with the publishers)will be published by Hodder
Children's Books in the UK in April 2003--indeed, they hope, around
Shakespeare's birthday. I will be there for it. I will keep SHAKSPEReans
informed of any event around it--launch or whatever--as soon as it is
clear what is going to happen, in case any of you are interested in
attending!

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

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