The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0470 Tuesday, 8 October 2013
Date: October 7, 2013 3:13:30 PM EDT
Subject: Re: SHAKSPER: Spanish Tragedy Additions
I was stunned to read Gerald Downs’ long exposition on parallels and authorial attribution. Every one of his positive criteria apply to 1 Richard II, confirming its attribution to Shakespeare. What clinches the matter, though not a single critic has ever addressed the evidence, is that verbal and phrasal parallels (to go no further at this point) exist between 1 Richard II and plays not attributed to Shakespeare until the 20th century. These include Edward III. The Two Noble Kinsmen, and yes even the Sir Thomas More fragment.
These data completely destroy the argument that the play was written by a contemporary plagiarist. That leaves only one alternative.