The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1767 Tuesday, 28 September 2004
Date: Monday, 27 Sep 2004 21:01:21 EDT
Subject: 15.1761 Rights of Descent in Henry V
Comment: Re: SHK 15.1761 Rights of Descent in Henry V
Thanks, gentles all, for sharing your thoughts about the Salique Law
justification by AC. in Henry 5.
After reading many posts and consulting with a variety of people in
theater I respect, I believe the Archbishop's knavery is obvious, King
Henry's purposes ambiguous depending upon the read, but I still think
the scene should be played straight, possibly with some shifting about
in the court, and the audience. I don't like the idea of Ely turned into
a blundering idiot, which he is not. I do not think the parallel to
Polonius holds, however. Polonius is a dodderer of shifting identities.
The AB and Ely are neither dodderers or fools, and they are deeply
committed to the Church, willing to pay off Henry, who they secretly
think is pitzing around -- at least according to Hall. I'll pass on the
idea of my scroll, it is heretical and besides it don't scan.
Thanks again to all. HR Greenberg MD
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