The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1519  Thursday, 13 June 2002

From:           Sophie Masson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 13 Jun 2002 19:11:41 +1000
Subject: 13.1502 Bearman, Hoghton, Titchfield
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1502 Bearman, Hoghton, Titchfield

The research I have done recently for my novel on Shakespeare's
adolescence--research conducted over many different books and connecting
up many and varied threads of other people's research--seems to make the
Lancaster hypothesis quite compelling.  One of the interesting
starting-points is that from the age of 16, people had to pay fines if
they were recusants--many Catholic parents sent their children away from
home at this point. Also, though, there are strong indications, it seems
to me, to see William and his family even in Warwickshire within a
strongly-knit circle, in terms of kinship, friendship and religion,
which reached across social hierarchies. The connection with Ardens,
Throckmortons, Blounts, Vaux etc, is indicative that even then
Shakespeare was acquainted, at least, with aristocracy or at least high

Sophie Masson
Author site: http://www.northnet.com.au/~smasson

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