The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0568  Friday, 21 March 2003

From:           Colin Cox <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 20 Mar 2003 09:08:37 -0800
Subject: 14.0549 Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0549 Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist

I think most of Rome thought of the notion of Caesar being Brutus'
father as merely a piece of 'delicious gossip'. None seem to have taken
it seriously.

Great notes on North's Plutarch, John. I think you're absolutely right.
Shakespeare may very well have used the 1579 version. The story I heard
was that he borrowed it from Field. As to their relationship, I have an
inkling Richard Field was the first person Shakespeare went to see upon
his arrival in London. They were both the sons of Stratford tanners,
neighbours, and John Shakespeare was the assessor of Henry Field's worth
upon his death in 1592. Also, for Shakespeare to entrust the printing of
both Venus and Adonis and the Rape of Lucrece to Field, and, as Field
was known as a printer of theology and textbooks, not 'literature', for
him to print them, suggests a friendship to me. I Would love to continue
this discussion if anyone has thoughts on this topic.

Also, I have come across a few references that Shakespeare and John
Heminges may have gone to school together. Does anyone have information
or thoughts on this?


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