The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0193 Monday, 26 January 2004
Date: Friday, 23 Jan 2004 11:40:42 -0800
Subject: 15.0179 Shakespeare Blacks and Jews
Comment: Re: SHK 15.0179 Shakespeare Blacks and Jews
Joachim Martillo comments:
"Moro in contemporary Spanish and Moor in Elizabethan English mean Arab
or Berber and would not normally refer to a Black African."
Moro indeed refers to Arab or Berber and thus 'black'Moro refers to
central Africa around the old Congo.
"I must also wonder whether Elizabeth I might have been trying to expel
Gypsies, who were often confused with Arabs or Moors."
Gypsies were persecuted for a long time in England (actually, well into
the twentieth century) and were quite often deported for a myriad of
perceived crimes committed. Also, so were the Flemish and the Dutch and
of course the Jews had been persona non grata since Edward I. I think
Mr. Lawrence is far too forgiving of Elizabethan xenophobia.
Will & Company
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