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Question on Measure for Measure
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1939  Tuesday, 26 October 2004

From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Oct 2004 20:41:44 +0100
Subject: 15.1940 Question on Measure for Measure
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1940 Question on Measure for Measure

John Briggs writes ...

 >I have seen Wilkins [George Wilkins, WS's collaborator on Pericles]
 >described as a drunkard and as a brothel-keeper, but
 >not, I think, as a recusant.

In his recent book, Secret Shakespeare (Manchester Univ Press, 2004),
Richard Wilson writes ...

"... in a work such as Pericles, he and his recusant collaborator,
George Wilkins, could end by vindicating the entire Catholic universe of
chantries, bells, midwives with holy girdles, and pilgrimages to statues
of virgin saints".

In a note, Wilson adds ...

"For Wilkins as Shakespeare's Catholic collaborator see Willem Schrickx,
'Pericles in a Book-List of 1619 from the English Jesuit Mission and
Some of the Play's Special Problems', Shakespeare's Survey 29 (1976) pp
21-32; Roger Prior, 'The Life of George Wilkins', Shakespeare Survey 25
(1972) pp 137-152;  and 'George Wilkins and the Young Heir', Shakespeare
Survey 29 (1976) pp 33-39."

 >>In 1609 Pericles was included in a season of religious mystery
 >>plays staged by a troupe of Catholic recusant actors that toured the
 >>Yorkshire Dales.
 >
 >They also performed King Lear!

They did indeed.  Another recusant favourite.

Peter Bridgman

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