The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0572  Tuesday, 29 March 2005

From:           Larry Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 28 Mar 2005 12:37:23 -0500
Subject:        King Lear, Act III, sc. i

This little choric scene supports the authorial revision theory, but it
calls into question the chronological order of the Qq and F versions. In
the folio version, said to be the later, Kent acts as a harbinger of a
civil war between Albany and Cornwall, which never takes place. He does
not mention the invasion from France, which does occur, although he
suggests that France has spies in Britain and predicts that the
Gentleman will see Cordelia. It seems likely that Shakespeare originally
intended to have a war between Albany and Cornwall with France joining
on the former's side or just coming in to reap the fruits  

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