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Shakespeare's Welsh Inspiration?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0698  Wednesday, 13 April 2005

From:           John Webb <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Apr 2005 07:48:02 +0100
Subject: 16.0618 Shakespeare's Welsh Inspiration?
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0618 Shakespeare's Welsh Inspiration?

  >A book recently acquired by the Shakespeare Centre Library is The
  >Historie of Cambria, printed in 1584.
  >The book has a section about Owen Glendower, who features in Henry IV
  >Part One, and it could be that this is where Shakespeare found the
  >name for his later character, Iago.

Ida Gaskin wrote:

  >How can the name Iago be derived from that of Owain Glyndwr?

The Historie of Cambria includes a reference to a medieval Prince of
Gwynedd who was named Iago ap Idwal.

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