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William Catesby/Richard III
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1525  Wednesday, 19 June 2002

From:           Sophie Masson <
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Date:           Saturday, 15 Jun 2002 20:39:59 +1000
Subject:        William Catesby/Richard III

Does anyone know if the William Catesby who is one of Richard's men in
Richard III was mentioned in Holinshed as being part of the entourage of
the king? Or is his name simply pucked from WS' memory of the Catesbys
of Lapworth Hall, whom he knew? (And Robin Catesby, the Elizabethan
William Catesby's son, grew up of course to become one of the primary
architects of the Gunpowder Plot).

The other thing is--is the extent of Richard's evil meant to be taken
sardonically? It has always seemed to me that there is a possibility
Shakespeare piles the evils on Richard's crooked back--making him out
Herod Herod, in fact--perhaps partly to make an ironic, hidden
anti-Tudor-propaganda point. Is this a reasonable position, or totally
out of the bounds of possibility?

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

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