The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0782 Sunday, 24 April 2005
From: David Basch <
Date: Friday, 22 Apr 2005 15:47:59 EDT
Subject: Failed Application
Concerning Shakespeare's coat of arms (his escutcheon), John Shakespeare
applied for it about for years before the application that was accepted.
His application was refused. It had all that William had in the later
application. But the authorities questioned it. It was William's new
prominence that won the acceptance. What is more, even after the
application was accepted, it was again questioned later on.
There were obviously irregularities in the application as numerous
commentators have mentioned. Had the family's history been so clear cut
as Larry Weiss imagines, the application would have passed the first time.
As far as recusancy is concerned, William's father, John, was such. And
though nothing has been mentioned about William, absence is not proof of
Larry is a professional objector about anything that contradicts
orthodoxy. Thank heaven that others are not in his mind warp or we would
never have progress.
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