The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1479 Tuesday 24 August 1999.
Date: Tuesday, 24 Aug 1999 00:18:01 -0400
Subject: 10.1463 Re: Hoghton Tower Controversy
Comment: Re: SHK 10.1463 Re: Hoghton Tower Controversy
The Arundels were adherents of Mary, Queen of Scots. Their heraldic
shield was all martlets, that "temple-haunting" bird (actually the house
martin) that populate Macbeth's castle. Mentioning martlets, thereby
tipping his hat to the Mary-loyal Arundels and Mary's King of England
son, James, also warned the audience that treason awaited Duncan in the
salubrious air of Macbeth's home.