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The Model for Romeo and Juliet?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1694  Friday, 10 September 2004

From:           David Lindley <
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Date:           Thursday, 9 Sep 2004 13:07:32 +0100
Subject: 15.1685 The Model for Romeo and Juliet?
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1685 The Model for Romeo and Juliet?

Whether or not the elopement of Maria Thynne provided some inspiration
for R and J, the letters of Maria Thynne are very well worth reading for
all sorts of reasons. They are edited by Alison D. Wall, 'Two
Elizabethan Women: Correspondence of Joan and Maria Thynne, 1575-1611'
(Devizes: Wiltshire Record Society, 1983). The introduction, as I
recall, does talk about the possible connections with Shakespeare's
play, but the letters are chiefly interesting for what they manifest of
the negotiations between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, and for what
they show of Maria's character and situation.

David Lindley

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