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Trials in Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1816  Friday, 19 September 2003

[1]     From:   Edward Pixley <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Sep 2003 09:30:16 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1806 Trials in Shakespeare

[2]     From:   David Crosby <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Sep 2003 09:06:35 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 14.1806 Trials in Shakespeare

[3]     From:   Rebecca Gillis <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Sep 2003 17:35:38 +0100
        Subj:   trials

[4]     From:   Claude Caspar <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Sep 2003 11:43:58 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1806 Trials in Shakespeare

[5]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Sep 2003 14:56:33 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1808 Trials in Shakespeare

[6]     From:   Ros King <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Sep 2003 17:24:23 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1808 Trials in Shakespeare


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From:           Edward Pixley <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Sep 2003 09:30:16 -0400
Subject: 14.1806 Trials in Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1806 Trials in Shakespeare

>This year it has been suggested that a show based around 'trials' in
>the works could be an interesting theme.
>
>The concept has some merit - I was wondering what list members made of
>the idea and what scenes they would include.
>
>John Marwick

How about the final scene from MforM?

Ed Pixley

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From:           David Crosby <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Sep 2003 09:06:35 -0500
Subject: 14.1806 Trials in Shakespeare
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.1806 Trials in Shakespeare

John Marwick asks for scenes involving trials (SHK 14.1806).

Richard II begins with a kind of arraignment in which Mobray and
Bolingbroke exchange appeals or charges before Richard. In I.iii a trial
by combat is staged, only to be interrupted by Richard, who then imposes
sentences of banishment for both men.

In IV.i, after Richard is deposed, he is commanded to read a list of
charges against him, and when he refuses, is remanded to the tower.

And in V.iii, King Henry pardons Aumerle for treason after hearing his
father's accusations and his mother's appeals for mercy.

None of these "trials" takes place in a courtroom, yet each has the
trappings of a legal proceeding.

David Crosby

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From:           Rebecca Gillis <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Sep 2003 17:35:38 +0100
Subject:        trials

How about the "arraignment" before the "honorable assembly" in Lear
III.6?

Rebecca Gillis

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From:           Claude Caspar <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Sep 2003 11:43:58 -0400
Subject: 14.1806 Trials in Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1806 Trials in Shakespeare

You may want to see Keeton's "Shakespeare & His Legal Problems." (1930)
[With a foreword by Lord Darling- I can't resist adding this flourish!]

Keeton was an eminent jurist & has written a choice study.  His
treatment of M of V is terrific, but for your purposes his chapter on
"The Trial of Hermione" may be most on point, though he treats trials in
other contexts-also see his marvelous chapters "Richard II & The Trial
of the Earl of Essex," & "The Trial of the Duchess of Gloucester for
Witchcraft."  I liked his chapter, though admittedly stretching your
inquiry, "Trial by Battle in Shakespeare." And much more.  His "Local
Justice in Shakespeare's Plays" gives a lot of background that can lend
itself to grounded interpretations of all the plays.  In the chapter his
treatment of Shallow, the country justice, is superb, especially as it &
he intertwines its trajectory with his interest in all issues regarding
Falstaff.

Is anyone aware of other such studies?

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Sep 2003 14:56:33 -0400
Subject: 14.1808 Trials in Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1808 Trials in Shakespeare

No one mentioned three trials in 2HenVI:

    The testing of Saunder Simpcox (II.i);

The trial (or at least the sentencing) of Eleanor, Hume and Margery
Jourdain (II.iii), followed by the trial by combat between the armourer
and his apprentice (II.iii).

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From:           Ros King <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Sep 2003 17:24:23 EDT
Subject: 14.1808 Trials in Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1808 Trials in Shakespeare

The Trial by combat in Richard II - is exactly that, except it never
gets to combat. The ultimate court in which Richard, God's anointed on
earth, DARE not let God decide the right.

Ros

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