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Priests and Friars
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0975  Monday, 19 May 2003

From:           Andrew Cooley <
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Date:           Friday, 16 May 2003 15:14:06 +0100
Subject:        New Thread: Priests and Friars

I am currently researching 'Shakespeare's Ambiguous Priests' for my
Masters dissertation and wondered if anyone might know where I might
quickly find the difference between priests and friars in Shakespeare's
day.

I'm also interested in why he chooses the role of Friar for Vincentio
(MforM) and Laurence (R&J).  Could it be that Friars, owing their
allegiance to the Pope, were freer to 'meddle' and pass between and
among groups of people than ordinary priests?

Any ideas or references will be gratefully received.

Many thanks,
Andrew Cooley

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