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The Model for Romeo and Juliet?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1685  Thursday, 9 September 2004

From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Wednesday, 8 Sep 2004 12:19:04 -0400
Subject: 15.1653 The Model for Romeo and Juliet?
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1653 The Model for Romeo and Juliet?

 >I wonder if there's anything in a theory that
 >Romeo and Juliet was inspired by the secret marriage in 1594 of Maria,
 >the daughter of George, Lord Audley, with Thomas Thynne.

Natalie Bennett's post ignores the clear dependence of the play for the
major elements of the plot on Arthur Brooke's verse translation, *Romeus
and Juliet*, published in 1562 and reissued in 1587, of an earlier
Italian novella.  It remains possible, of course, that tavern and parlor
gossip about a current scandal contributed to a decision to rework the
old story into a new dramatic form in 1594 or '95.

David Evett

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