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Re: Othello Retold
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0957  Thursday, 15 May 2003

From:           Roger Parisious <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 May 2003 11:37:21 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 14.0937 Re: Othello Retold
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0937 Re: Othello Retold

>Speaking of Othello, how common were interracial
>marriages in
>Shakespeare's day?  Did he have any historical
>references in mind beyond
>his source, Cinthio?

Someone might be interested in Lillian Winstanley's "Othello as the
Tragedy of Italy". The Spanish State was described as a murderous Moor
who destroys Venice, his chosen bride, in certain political pamphlets of
the day, and Winstanley draws some further parallels with the personal
lives of Philip of Spain and Elizabeth de Valois. The Cinthio material
would have acquired a new pertinency at the time "Othello" was written.

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