The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0301 Monday, 17 February 2003
Date: Friday, 14 Feb 2003 09:34:33 -1000
Subject: Henry VI Part 1 Questions
An article I recall reading argued that the red and white roses, though
symbols historically related to the Lancaster and the
Plantagenet-Mortimer-York factions, were not much stressed during the
wars between those factions. I believe the article claimed that
Shakespeare elevated the importance of these rose symbols, and was
responsible for the strife between those two factions subsequently being
called "The War of the Roses". Does anyone know whether this is
accurate or not?
I gather that the title "Dauphin", or "Dolphin" as it was probably
pronounced in Elizabethan England, means in French both the heir
apparent to the French crown and a porpoise-like mammal. Does anyone
know the historical or mythological or heraldic linkage between the
French Prince and the ocean mammal?
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