The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0822 Thursday, 28 April 2005
Date: Wednesday, 27 Apr 2005 11:08:17 -0700
Subject: 16.0804 MND Changeling Child
Comment: Re: SHK 16.0804 MND Changeling Child
For those that might advocate the viewpoint of Professor Edith Rickert
the boy's name is Edward.
He is the son of Edward Seymour, 2nd earl of Hertford and Lady Catherine
Grey. As a Grey, and in accordance with Henry VIII's will and two acts
of Parliament, he can make claim to be the legitimate heir to the
throne. His father's feteing (is there such a word?) of Elizabeth, in
1591, has been used by some to give explanation to the line "the fairy
land buys not the child of me." And this is the only play (Henry VIII
baptism apart) in which Elizabeth can be said to appear (harks to the
thread on living representations). She was never amused by the presence
of young Edward Seymour and did much to deny him any of his birth
rights, poor lad.
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