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Date of King John
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0370  Wednesday, 23 February 2005

From:           Michael Egan <
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Feb 2005 17:35:07 -1000
Subject: 16.0360 Date of King John
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0360 Date of King John

To Jack Heller:  It is quite true that there are more differences (and
similarities) between the two plays than this forum, quite properly,
allows us to list. KJ however is a profoundly anti-catholic play: the
machiavillainous Cardinal Pandulph is the source of endless political
trouble. I don't know how the current trend describing Shakespeare as a
closet Catholic manages to ignore this. KJ also shows additions derived
from Foxe, many cited ironically enough (since they tend to confirm the
sequence TR-KJ) in Honigmann's edition.

To Bob Grumman: Please read Vickers' essay before disagreeing with it:
'The Troublesome Raigne, George Peele, and the date of King John,' in
Brian Boyd (ed.) Words that Count: Essays on Early Modern Authorship in
Honor of MacDonald P. Jackson (University of Delaware Press, 2004).

To Ed Taft: Thanks.

--Michael Egan

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