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1H4 Actor's Part MS Online
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2197  Wednesday, 19 November 2003

From:           Peter D. Holland <
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Date:           Tuesday, 18 Nov 2003 12:47:04 -0500
Subject: 14.2188 1H4 Actor's Part MS Online
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2188 1H4 Actor's Part MS Online

It's wonderful to have the facsimile of this leaf available. But, just
to be clear, it is not an actor's part or anything similar for part of
Shakespeare's play. Instead it is some 57 lines of verse from an unknown
play, a scene that is in some sense a possible analogue to the Gad's
Hill robbery in 1H4, though it may easily derive from a
pre-Shakespearean version of the scene. The manuscript was described by
Arthur Freeman in 'The "Tapster Manuscript": an analogue of
Shakespeare's Henry the Fourth, Part One' in English Manuscript Studies
1100-1700, 6 (1997), pp.93-105 and also, briefly, by David Scott Kastan
in his Arden 3rd series edition of Shakespeare's play (2002), pp.352-3.

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