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Henry V Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0310  Wednesday, 4 February 2004

[1]     From:   Philip Tomposki <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 03 Feb 2004 16:24:25 -0500
        Subj:   Henry V Question

[2]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 3 Feb 2004 13:37:44 -0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0300 Henry V Question

[3]     From:   Peter Bridgman <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 3 Feb 2004 23:19:47 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0300 Henry V Question


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From:           Philip Tomposki <
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Date:           Tuesday, 03 Feb 2004 16:24:25 -0500
Subject:        Henry V Question

Bill Godshalk asks: "Would Katherine's French accent have anything to do
with Shakespeare acquaintance with Christopher Mountjoy, a Huguenot,
from whom Shakespeare rented rooms? We know that Shakespeare was renting
from the Mountjoys by 1604, and it's possible that he knew them in
1598-99 when he was writing Henry V. Perhaps Christopher helped Will
with the bi-lingual puns? "

Arguably Shakespeare association with the Huguenots preceded his lodging
with the Mountjoys.  His first publisher and fellow Stratfordite,
Richard Field was married to Jacqueline Vautrollier, who was either the
widow or the daughter of Thomas Vautrollier, the Huguenot printer to
whom Field was apprenticed.  Field and Shakespeare were less than three
years apart in age, and their fathers were in similar trades, Field's
being a tanner.  I understand that the Fields shop did not specialize in
poetry, so his publication of 'Venus & Adonis' (1593) and 'Lucrece'
(1594) may be seen as a favor to a fellow townsman.  All this suggests a
relationship close enough to include Jacqueline Field.  Through her,
Shakespeare could have made a connection to the Huguenot community.

I've suggested before that the 'English lesson' (III.iv) in Henry V
could easily have come from the Huguenot refugees, who would have
experienced similar shock, surprise and amusement Katherine does while
learning her English anatomical vocabulary.

Philip Tomposki

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Tuesday, 3 Feb 2004 13:37:44 -0800
Subject: 15.0300 Henry V Question
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0300 Henry V Question

Joseph Sullivan claims that Henry V

 >. . . is English and he only speaks
 >English and he never once demonstrates a shred of interest in
 >speaking anything but English.

Actually, he does manage a couple of sentences of broken French,
embarrassingly, and he makes a strong claim to being Welsh.



 

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