2009

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0192  Tuesday, 28 April 2009

From:       Emma Rees <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Tuesday, 28 Apr 2009 17:05:41 +0100
Subject:    Othello and the Law

Dear SHAKSPER List,

A student has asked me whether Othello would have been punished under 
Venetian (or Cypriot?) law for murdering Desdemona, or whether this was 
somehow 'allowed' (I'm thinking here of the 'ancient privilege of 
Athens' in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' where Egeus was technically 
'allowed' to put his daughter to death).

Any thoughts on this would be most welcome.

Thank you,
Emma.

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