Southampton's Tutor Swithun Wells
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1618 Wednesday, 1 September 2004
From: John Briggs <
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
>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.
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