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The Archbishop Wasn't There? So Forth.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0987  Sunday, 5 November 2006

From: 		Harry Connors <
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Date: 		Thursday, 02 Nov 2006 00:45:44 +0000
Subject: 17.0969 The Archbishop Wasn't There? So Forth.
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0969 The Archbishop Wasn't There? So Forth.

To me, the speech most resembles the situation, all too familiar from 
recent history, of a king who decides to go to war and wants his 
advisors to justify the, already made, decision. The king may phrase his 
request to the archbishop as a question, but I don't think the 
archbishop is fooled. Both king and archbishop have their own reasons 
for wanting the war, so the archbishop is happy to present the king with 
a "just cause." And, of course, in medieval warfare a "just cause" was 
even more important than it is today.

Harry Connors

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