The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0810. Friday, 1 August 1997.
Date: Thursday, 31 Jul 1997 23:56:26 EDT
Subject: 8.0789 Help re Forman and Montrose
Comment: Re: SHK 8.0789 Help re Forman and Montrose
Judy Kennedy's query about the Rowse reference in Montrose's article on
Forman's Elizabeth dream has been answered by several respondents. The
dream which Rowse and Montrose quote can be found in Ashmole MS 226:
44r. The manuscript is a casebook in which Forman kept daily records of
the patients he saw in his medical/astrological practice. Occasionally,
he added personal notes about his dreams, his alchemical experiments, or
his sexual activity. The dream which Montrose analyzes is one of three
dreams about Elizabeth which Forman recorded (it's the longest and most
detailed). He also records a dream about James I.
Forman's manuscripts (collected in some 40 volumes) provide a hodgepodge
of information. Editing them would be a difficult and perhaps not very
useful task, though pieces of them would repay such work. I am not
editing them but rather trying to provide an overview of what they offer
to scholars of the period. In addition, I am reassessing Forman himself
in the light of his self representation in his papers. It's fascinating
material to work with.