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Re: Shakespeare's Dogs and Henry VI Questions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0320  Wednesday, 19 February 2003

[1]     From:   James Doyle <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 18 Feb 2003 13:30:10 -0000
        Subj:   Shakespeare's Dogs and Henry VI Questions

[2]     From:   Elliott H. Stone <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 18 Feb 2003 22:47:12 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0292 Re: Shakespeare's Dogs


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From:           James Doyle <
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Date:           Tuesday, 18 Feb 2003 13:30:10 -0000
Subject:        Shakespeare's Dogs and Henry VI Questions

Shakespeare's Dogs

Interesting to see that the one known use of a dog, in the film,
completely ignores the reference to Troilus as a spaniel!  A great Dane
was probably thought more impressive.  They, like Tom Pendleton, are
probably thinking of types like the King Charles or Cavalier, which are
quite small.  My friend's water spaniel, at six months old, is as large
in the body as a Dalmatian or Doberman, albeit shorter in the leg.
She's going to be quiet a sizeable animal when she's fully grown.  I
can't find a decent photo of one with a human on the web, but there are
some good photos here: http://clubs.akc.org/iwsc/, and I note that the
American Kennel Club page on the breed refers to them as being "often
called the clown of the spaniel family, possibly due to the peak of
curly hair between the eyes." Appropriate for both plays, I think!

Incidentally, my own mongrel played Crab in our production of Two
Gentlemen, and - without any training - did a whole lot more than
standing there; he stole the show! Photos including the dog are at:
http://www.hants.gov.uk/villagers/htm/photos01.htm

Henry VI questions:

According to my reference books, the dolphin (Fr. dauphin) was used as
an heraldic device by the Counts of Vienne, leading to one of their
territories becoming known as the Dauphine (with an acute accent on the
e).  In 1349, Count Humbert ceded this territory to the French king, on
condition that the heir to the throne be known as the Dauphin.  The
first Dauphin was either Jean, son of Philippe VI, later king as Jean II
or Jean's son Charles (V) who seems to be the first to use the dolphins
heraldically - see http://www.heraldica.org/topics/france/roygenea.htm.
So the title came with the territory.

Regards,
james doyle

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From:           Elliott H. Stone <
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Date:           Tuesday, 18 Feb 2003 22:47:12 EST
Subject: 14.0292 Re: Shakespeare's Dogs
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0292 Re: Shakespeare's Dogs

1. I once went to the Broadway show ANNIE. We then went next door to
Gallagher's for a steak. On the menu there was a special, "Sandy Special
Steak Tartar."

2. In Byatt's book POSSESSIONS the ladies have dogs that have the same
name as the dogs in KING LEAR.

Best,
Elliott H. Stone

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