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The Essex Rebellion and Richard II
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0454  Tuesday, 17 February 2004

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        Date:   Monday, 16 Feb 2004 12:02:47 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0438 The Essex Rebellion and Richard II

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        Date:   Monday, 16 Feb 2004 20:04:24 -0800
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Date:           Monday, 16 Feb 2004 12:02:47 -0600
Subject: 15.0438 The Essex Rebellion and Richard II
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0438 The Essex Rebellion and Richard II

Peter Bridgman notes

"While Augustine Phillips' testimony regarding the "play of the deposing
and killing of King Richard the Second" seems fairly unambiguous to me,
I've often wondered how Shakespeare managed to stay out of prison if his
play kick-started the Essex rebellion.  Thomas Kyd was tortured for much
less."

I agree. It has the same fantastic quality as the "Murder of Gonzago."
Even at the request of the crown prince no sane actor would set out to
insult (grossly) the reigning queen to her face -- not if he wanted to
keep his ears attached to his head (and his head, perhaps, to his neck).

Shakespeare and Co. were not that stupid or na

 

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