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The Date of Richard II (was the date of King John)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0745  Friday, 18 April 2003

From:           Roger Parisious <
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Date:           Thursday, 17 Apr 2003 14:00:06 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        The Date of Richard II (was the date of King John)

In respect to Bryan Vickers's late dating of Richard II, the players
specifically stated when called in on the Essex investigation that it
was an old play and Elizabeth (making allowance for a royal prerogative
to exaggerate) said it had been played forty times in the public
streets. If Richard II had been a recent production, say post l596, the
players would have paid dearly for their temerity. It is, of course,
possible that the political content was later heightened in the Essex
interests.

The rhyming scenes and the double endings would go better in the first
half of the 90's.

Roger Parisious

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