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Words, Swords, and The Pope
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0823  Wednesday, 19 December 2007

From:		Gregory Foran <
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Date:		Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 18:59:49 -0500
Subject:	Query: Words, Swords, and The Pope

I've been reading the SHAKSPER listserv for a while, but never posted 
before. A colleague of mine stumped all of us on our UTexas Renaissance 
listserv with the following query. He asked me if I would open the 
question up to SHAKSPER.

"A few years ago I saw an anti-papal woodcut which figured the Pope 
addressing an audience (perhaps Jesuits) and his words were represented 
as daggers. For the life of me, I can't recall *where* I saw the 
woodcut. My impression is that it was in an introduction to one of 
Shakespeare's plays.  I've looked through all of the editions I possess 
and still can't find it.

"Do any of y'all happen to know of the woodcut I'm talking about? Or one 
that similarly illustrates the commonplace comparison of swords and 
words? (e.g., "I will speak daggers to her") If you do, I would really 
appreciate hearing about it!"

(Note: the author is already aware of Durer's 1496-98 Apocalypse woodcuts.)

Sincerely,
Gregory A. Foran
Department of English
University of Texas at Austin

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