The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0408 Monday, 25 June 2007
Date: Friday, 22 Jun 2007 12:15:43 -0400
Subject: 18.0405 How long to write a play?
Comment: Re: SHK 18.0405 How long to write a play?
>I always wondered how long it took Shakespeare, or Marlowe,
>to write those historical plays which show a profound knowledge
>of English History.
It appears that WS had only one or two sources -- Holinshed and (for the
Wars of the Roses) Hall. The plays show no evidence that he looked at
primary sources or any other secondary sources (if there were any).
Indeed, some passages in the plays are little more than versifications
of what Holinshed wrote. I am thinking in particular of the Archbishop's
exegesis on the Salic law in HenV,I.ii and many passages in HenVIII,
including Shakespearean passages.
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