The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1894 Tuesday, 30 September 2003
Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2003 13:44:45 -0500
Subject: 14.1874 Now God stand up for bastards
Comment: Re: SHK 14.1874 Now God stand up for bastards
By my count, there are five bastards (individuals born illegitimate) in
Shakespeare's 37 plays: Edmund of "King Lear"; Don John of "Much Ado
About Nothing"; Philip Falconbridge of "King John"; Magarelon of
"Troilus and Cressida"; and The Bishop of Winchester of "Henry VI, Part
1" (bastard born of Catherine Swynford, mistress of John of Gaunt,
though later in life made legitimate by Gaunt's decree. Of the five,
three-Edmund; Don John; Winchester are bad guys. One other character,
Thersites (Troilus and Cressida), claims to be a bastard, but only when
confronted by a real bastard, Margarelon, who calls Thersites a coward.
While Thersites surely acts like a "bastard," his momentary hyperbolic
claim cannot be taken as a fact. I hope I haven't committed any errors
of commission or omission.
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
The S H A K S P E R Web Site <http://www.shaksper.net>
DISCLAIMER: Although SHAKSPER is a moderated discussion list, the
opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the
editor assumes no responsibility for them.