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Southampton's Tutor Swithun Wells
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1610  Tuesday, 31 August 2004

From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Aug 2004 22:55:35 +0100
Subject:        Southampton's Tutor Swithun Wells

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.

Peter Bridgman

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