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Interpretation of History Plays...
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0998  Monday, 3 May 2004

[1]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Saturday, 1 May 2004 20:15:46 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0985 Interpretation of History Plays...

[2]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Friday, 30 Apr 2004 13:34:19 -0700
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0985 Interpretation of History Plays...


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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Saturday, 1 May 2004 20:15:46 +0100
Subject: 15.0985 Interpretation of History Plays...
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0985 Interpretation of History Plays...

David Friedberg <
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 >The throne of Denmark was the same {I have told you before that Hamlet
 >is an English play, heehee.]   Claudius having been elected by the Thing
 >[with Polonius' help] is NOT a usurper but the legitimate King.

Alas, not so.

It's a maxim of English Common Law (and Scandinavian too?) that a
murderer is unable to benefit from the fruits of his crime.

Even if in the unlikely event that Claudius had been elected by a 99.99%
vote of the Althing, he'd *still* have have had no legitimate right to
the throne.

His title, like that of Macbeth, is vitiated (as is his "marriage" to
Gertrude) by the act of murder.

Hamlet is as close as it comes to a "legitimate" ruler of Denmark -- "It
is I, Hamlet the Dane".

Shame it takes Hamlet so long to recognise this.

Robin Hamilton

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Friday, 30 Apr 2004 13:34:19 -0700
Subject: 15.0985 Interpretation of History Plays...
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0985 Interpretation of History Plays...

Terence's description of the disputes surrounding Tillyard's writing and
publishing is fascinating, if demoralizing, as donnishness generally is.

I don't see, though, how it makes his work less identifiable as
"considered humanist scholarship", when Terence shows him considering
and rejecting the views of other humanist scholars.

Yours,
Sean Lawrence.

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