The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0271 Monday, 2 February 2004
Date: Friday, 30 Jan 2004 15:26:55 -0000
Subject: 'Gloriana's Torch' and Conspiracy Theories...
Some, at least, of the list members may enjoy the method of murder which
features in Patricia Finney's latest outing as 'The le Carre of the
sixteenth century', 'Gloriana's Torch'. The relevant characters would
share my amusement at a previous poster's conviction that:
>Just intuitively, I find it hard to believe that such a hard wound ,
>driving very precisely two inches into the eye socket, could have
>casually administered from a man sitting on a bench. I think they
>held him down on the bed and drove the dagger into his brain.
You don't actually need a stiletto, or indeed anyone else, to die in
this way; a biro propped on your desk at the wrong angle would work just
as well if you were unfortunate enough to slip, irrespective of whether
your name is Christopher Marlowe. But I do recommend Patricia Finney's
book; her conspiracy theories are highly entertaining, though her
introduction of dramatists in bit parts as the Armada invades England
overlooks the most important of them all. I refer, of course, to Lope de
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