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Lady Macbeth
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0645  Wednesday, 12 July 2006

[1] 	From: 	Kristen McDermott <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 11 Jul 2006 10:10:39 -0400
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 17.0637 Lady Macbeth

[2] 	From: 	Edward Brown <
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	Date: 	Wednesday, 12 Jul 2006 10:22:52 -0500
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 17.0637 Lady Macbeth


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From: 		Kristen McDermott <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 11 Jul 2006 10:10:39 -0400
Subject: 17.0637 Lady Macbeth
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0637 Lady Macbeth

 >"Would some kind soul take pity on me and send me a sample of an at
 >least semi-coherent account of the alleged  "historical" background of
 >the Gruoch (apparently daughter to royal somebodies, married first to
 >somebody with royal  aspirations before  being widowed-- probably by
 >Macbeth or somebody allied to him)-- who  was married to Macbeth?"

I'm not sure how accurate its history is, but the late and very lamented 
Dorothy Dunnett tells the tale of Gruoch and Thorfinn (the "real" 
Macbeth) in "King Hereafter" (Vintage reprint, 1998). It's a great read 
no matter what else.

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From: 		Edward Brown <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 12 Jul 2006 10:22:52 -0500
Subject: 17.0637 Lady Macbeth
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0637 Lady Macbeth

Gruoch (c. 1007-1060) was the daughter of prince Bodhe and 
grand-daughter of King Kenneth III of Scotland (r.997-1005). She was 
married first to Gillecomgain, mormaer of Moray, by whom she had a son 
Lulach. After being implicated in the murder of his uncle Findlaech 
(Macbeth's father), Gillecomgain was reportedly burned to death with 50 
of his men, according to the Annals of Ulster. His cousin Macbeth 
thereupon became mormaer and married Gruoch (c.1033). Macbeth became 
king of Scotland in 1040. He had no children by Gruoch, and after his 
death in 1057 he was briefly succeeded by Lulach (called the Fool or the 
Simple), whose reign lasted seven months.

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