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Southampton's Tutor Swithun Wells
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1618  Wednesday, 1 September 2004

From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Tuesday, 31 Aug 2004 14:26:18 +0100
Subject: 15.1610 Southampton's Tutor Swithun Wells
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1610 Southampton's Tutor Swithun Wells

Peter Bridgman wrote:

 >I wonder if any SHAKSPERians can help me out with a query.  Does anyone
 >know when Swithun Wells was removed from his post as tutor at
 >Southampton House?
 >
 >On p.141 of 'Shakespeare - the Evidence', Ian Wilson says Wells was
 >relieved of his post by Lord Burghley upon Southampton's father's death.
 > That would make it 1581.  But then on the next page Wilson says
 >Burghley gave John Florio the post of tutor to replace the executed
 >Swithun Wells.  Swithun was executed in 1591.
 >
 >If both these statements are true, it means there was no tutor at
 >Southampton House for a whole decade, while Southampton was aged 8 to 18.

When reading a book with a title such as 'Shakespeare - the Evidence',
one should never overlook the possibility that both statements may be false.

John Briggs

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