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Shakespeare and the Spanish Delegation
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0408  Friday, 4 March 2005

From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Feb 2005 15:58:20 -0500
Subject: 16.0353 Shakespeare and the Spanish Delegation
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0353 Shakespeare and the Spanish Delegation

 >David Evett observes that Measure for Measure was presented at court at
 >Christmastide, 1604, and adds that 'the company would have expected the
 >Spanish ambassador to report on it.'

T. Hawkes is quite right to bring me up short. I had just been reading
an essay that called attention to a visit by a large party from the
Spanish court in the fall of that year, and the reestablishment of
diplomatic relations, which reminded me that there are references to
court entertainments (including plays) in the regular dispatches of the
Spanish ambassador during James' reign. But some email daemon must have
provoked me to suggest that the actors would even have known of these,
much less supposed that their little interlude-however relevant to the
moment-would have been important enough to call for comment. Please
consider the suggestion withdrawn-at least until somebody confirms that
it happened.

David Evett

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