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Heroes
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0074  Friday, 20 February 2009

[1]  From:   Larry Weiss <
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      Date:   Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009 22:43:49 -0500
      Subj:   Re: SHK 20.0066 Heroes

[2]  From:   Donald Bloom <
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      Date:   Friday, 20 Feb 2009 09:31:56 -0600
      Subj:   RE: SHK 20.0066 Heroes


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From:      Larry Weiss <
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Date:      Wednesday, 18 Feb 2009 22:43:49 -0500
Subject: 20.0066 Heroes
Comment:   Re: SHK 20.0066 Heroes

 > Claudius is the king of Denmark, but in fact he is a
 >murderer and usurper, which renders his rule illegal.

Oh, was that the Viking law? Indeed, was it English law (if so, does it 
apply to Henry VII and his successors)?

 >Laertes was chosen by the people to be king, but he
 >forfeited that kingship in return for Claudius's promise
 >of revenge.

It was not a democracy.

 >Hamlet is the hereditary king, but has had trouble in
 >claiming the throne.

Nor was it hereditary. As Shakespeare knew, and said in the play two or 
three times, the Danish crown was elective, with the choice falling on 
an assembly of nobles.

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From:      Donald Bloom <
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Date:      Friday, 20 Feb 2009 09:31:56 -0600
Subject: 20.0066 Heroes
Comment:   RE: SHK 20.0066 Heroes

Conrad Cook writes: "Well, let's be accurate. Fencing foils are not 
deadly weapons, provided that the bate has not been removed or poison 
applied.

Not wanting to quibble, but the "provided" in that sentence makes my point.

A 357 magnum is not a deadly weapon if you load it with blanks instead 
of live rounds. But if someone should sneak in a real one --

I still get cold chills about that.

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