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May 20, 1609
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0287  Friday, 7 June 2009

From:       Duncan Salkeld <
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Date:       Tuesday, 2 Jun 2009 12:53:23 +0000
Subject: 20.0261 May 20, 1609
Comment:    RE: SHK 20.0261 May 20, 1609

I can't add much to the 20 May 1609 thread other than to say it fell 
upon a Saturday and came a week after John Street succeeded his deceased 
father Peter as carpenter for the Bridewell Hospital. A week later a 
rather different kind of lover's complaint was disclosed at a hearing:

Katherine Ratcliffe taken in the watch and brought in by the same 
constable [Constable Banes] she is an olde guest a lewd p[er]son & a 
common night walker: she was lately in Newgate about a man of my Lord 
Riches that was hurte in ffeilde lane and was in greate daunger of being 
murthered she cried out to him that hurt him kyll him my love kyll hym 
my love stabbe him. She is by order of court po[nished]: and kepte until 
she finde good sureties for her good behaviour.

Robert Rich, first Earl of Warwick, was married until 1605 to Penelope 
Rich, the Stella of Sidney's sonnet sequence. He himself had a 
reputation for occasional violence.

Duncan Salkeld


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