Michael Wood and Some Issues Raised
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2115 Tuesday, 4 November 2003
From: Alan Tarica <
Date: Monday, 03 Nov 2003 16:47:10 -0500
Subject: Michael Wood and Some Issues Raised
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I recently attended a Michael Wood lecture sponsored by the
Smithsonian. His talk was quite fascinating. I need help verifying and
understanding several of Wood's claims.
For one he stated that every item that appears in Robert Arden's Will
also appears in Shakespeare's works. I have never heard this claim
before and it seems odd to me to suggest that Shakespeare sprinkled them
throughout the works. Wood didn't state how they appear however so the
items might be grouped together. I was wondering if you have ever seen
the will of Mary Arden's father or know where it might reside. A
transcript would be ideal of course.
Secondly Wood also claimed that recent evidence for "The Phoenix and the
Turtle". Quoting him from another article in Financial Times on Jun 28,
"But we now know it was a memorial poem for Mrs Anne Line, a Catholic
widow executed at Tyburn in February 1601. The poem describes a ritual
commemoration of the dead person, and may have been recited at the
secret burial service of Mrs Line held by her supporters, with music by
William Byrd, another adherent to the Old Faith."
Do you have any idea who made this discovery or where one might read the
Thanks in advance if you have the opportunity to respond. I would
greatly appreciate it.
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