The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0766 Friday, 26 March 2004
Date: Thursday, 25 Mar 2004 22:45:25 -0000
Subject: 15.0753 Bearman on Will
Comment: Re: SHK 15.0753 Bearman on Will
Does anyone still question the Testament? I would have thought the fact
that no one knew what it was for centuries must confirm its authenticity.
It wasn't until 1923, when Herbert Thurston was thumbing through a
Mexican version of the Testament in the British Museum Library, and
realised he'd ead this stuff before in Malone, that the Borromeo
connection was made at all.
And it wasn't until 1966 when a single English-language copy, printed in
1638, turned up. It is now in the Folger Library, and the text is
identical to the document John Shakespeare nervously hid up in the
rafters of his house.
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