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Playing Capulet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0254  Wednesday, 20 May 2009

From:       Mike Shapiro <
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Date:       Monday, 18 May 2009 14:12:16 -0700
Subject: 20.0236 Playing Capulet
Comment:    RE: SHK 20.0236 Playing Capulet

As pointed out earlier arranged marriages during the period were 
politically influenced. It has been reported that QE1 was extremely 
interested in marriages of those in her circle and required such unions 
be first cleared with her. These concerns were related to personal 
safety in that some unions might provide fertile ground for 
conspiratorial activity. Could these types of concerns be also on the 
minds of the upper crust families?

One thing that caught my attention was that WS plays included a number 
of plots involving father/daughter betrothal disputes. Othello, Merchant 
of Venice, Cymbeline are a couple of examples. In MSD Hermia's father 
successfully pleads his case to the Duke that his daughter must marry 
her father's choice of husband or face banishment or death.

Mike Shapiro

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