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Date of King John
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0153  Wednesday, 26 January 2005

From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Tuesday, 25 Jan 2005 15:30:07 -0000
Subject: 16.0138 Date of King John
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0138 Date of King John

Steve Sohmer asks ...

 >Can anyone tell me the latest received opinion -- and supply a reference
 >-- re the date of King John?

No one knows.  Ernst Honigmann suggests 1590, his theory being that 'The
Troublesome Raigne of King John of England' (1591), a rabidly
anti-Catholic version, probably written by spy Anthony Munday, was a
reaction to Shakespeare's play.

Other scholars have suggested 1591, i.e. that WS's play was a reaction
to 'The Troublesome Raigne'.

Peter Bridgman

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