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King John and The Troublesome Play
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1885  Monday, 29 September 2003

From:           Bill Lloyd <
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Date:           Saturday, 27 Sep 2003 06:25:09 EDT
Subject: 14.1840 King John and The Troublesome Play
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1840 King John and The Troublesome Play

Hello:

I was waiting for others to reply, but so far no response, so here
goes...

The "early start" folks, led by E.A.J. Hongimann, believe that
Shakespeare wrote his King John in the late 1580s and that The
Troublesome Reign of King John is someone else's version of his play.
See SHAKSPER 14.0569 where Ros King gives references for some of the
recent arguments for this date.

However, many scholars, including A. R. Braunmuller in his New Cambridge
edition of King John [cited by Ros King], the Oxford editors, M. P.
Jackson, Dover Wilson, and others argue that Shakespeare's play dates
from c1595-6, and provide details of 'vocabulary links' etc to help make
the case. [Excuse my vagueness of reference-- my books and papers are
currently packed and in transit.]

As to the authorship of TRKJ, H. Dugdale Sykes claimed the play for
George Peele in his =Sidelights on Shakespeare= [1919?]. Brian Vickers
in a forthcoming essay [mentioned in SHAKSPER 14.0686] confirms and
expands Sykes' case convincingly. If I am not mistaken, I believe
Professor Vickers' essay will appear in the festschrift for MacDonald P.
Jackson, =Words That Count=, due this fall from Oxford University Press.

Bill Lloyd

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