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Representations of the Living
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0666  Friday, 8 April 2005

[1]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Thursday, 7 Apr 2005 16:28:11 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0651 Representations of the Living

[2]     From:   Tom Rutter <
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        Date:   Thursday, 7 Apr 2005 19:27:35 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0651 Representations of the Living


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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Thursday, 7 Apr 2005 16:28:11 +0100
Subject: 16.0651 Representations of the Living
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0651 Representations of the Living

Thomas Pendleton <
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 >In Macbeth, I presume that
 >the eighth king "who bears a glass" showing "many more" and some with
 >"twofold balls and treble scepters" is James I, King of England and
 >Scotland and putatively founder of a dynasty that will stretch out to
 >the crack of doom (i.e., the Hanoverians).

I hate to be picky, but strictly that particular James ought to be
referred to as James the VI and I -- he was the sixth monarch of
Scotland to be christened "James", but the first English monarchical James.

By the same logic, the current queen of the UK ought to be termed
"Elizabeth I and II", as she is the second English monarch christened
Elizabeth, but the first Elizabeth to reign as sovereign over Scotland
(and the United Kindom as a whole).

But this is carrying pedantry to an extreme -- even red pillar-boxes in
Glasgow (when Glasgow still had red pillar boxes) sported the cartouche,
"EII".

Robin Hamilton

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From:           Tom Rutter <
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Date:           Thursday, 7 Apr 2005 19:27:35 +0100
Subject: 16.0651 Representations of the Living
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0651 Representations of the Living

I may have blinked and missed it, but has anyone yet mentioned Matthew
Steggle's 'Wars of the Theatres: The Poetics of Personation in the Age
of Jonson' (Victoria: English Literary Studies, 1998)?--A useful and
recent work on this.

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