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Re: William Catesby/Richard III
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1570  Wednesday, 26 June 2002

From:           Sophie Masson <
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Date:           Wednesday, 26 Jun 2002 20:48:18 +1000
Subject: 13.1559 Re: William Catesby/Richard III
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1559 Re: William Catesby/Richard III

When I said that Henry VII could have been seen in Tudor times as a kind
of prototype Protestant, I did not mean he actually was--just that in
destroying Richard, he might be seen as the righteous rebel destroying
the tyrannical overlord, who had, anyway, got his throne only through
deceit and murder of his nearest and dearest. Not such a stretch to
allegorise Richard as the Papacy and Henry as the doughty English
overthrowing that particular tyranny. And of course Henry's son
institutionalised the Church of England as that very same doughty
fighter against wicked Papal tyranny. I'm not suggesting that
Shakespeare believed any of these things, personally, but that he was
playing around with lots of different things that were in the air at the
time.

And I did not intend to 'proclaim' anything in suggesting what a writer
might do, in putting in private jokes and double meanings. Proclaiming
is a rather useless and arrogant thing to do, and if SHAKPEReans thought
I was doing that, I am sorry. Instead, I was making a suggestion, based
on my own personal experience(as the writer of 30 novels, many short
stories, essays and so on) as well as my knowledge, through actual
friendship and observation, of how other writers work. There's certainly
nothing straightforward about it, I agree: instead, it's fiendishly
complicated, _and_ elegantly simple.

'Writing is a solitary game as well as a public act. I do not presume to
'know' what Shakespeare meant or how he wrote, merely interested in
putting out feelers and suggestions. It's a dangerous field to wander
in, I know, but if one cannot speculate, then it makes for a rather dull
context, and precious little imaginative work being done around
Shakespeare.

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

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