2007

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0428  Monday, 2 July 2007

From: 		Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Friday, 29 Jun 2007 12:17:34 -0700
Subject: 18.0421 How long to write a play?
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0421 How long to write a play?

Bob Grumman remarked about Hall's Chronicle, "But Shakespeare didn't 
have to read the whole thing to write a given history.  I would imagine 
he'd just read, or reread, what Hall had to say about a few of the 
events he was writing about in a given history. He may once have read 
the whole thing in leisure hours, or never more than dipped into it here 
and there."

Yes, and I would add that there are two good parts of Hall that today's 
readers can profitably browse.  One is the vast chapter--half the 
book--on Henry VIII.  Hall--MP, lawyer, member of commissions--was a 
contemporary of H8.  The other is the Richard III chapter.  This section 
is nearly identical to More's History of R3, and More developed it 
pretty much from John Morton, his mentor who was Yorkist Bishop of Ely 
(strawberries, anyone?) and Henry VII's Archbishop of Canterbury.  You 
don't have to be a Ricardian (I'm not) to know this accounts for the 
first indelible portrait of devilish R3.

Cheers,
Al Magary

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