The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0326 Thursday, 17 February 2005
Date: Wednesday, 16 Feb 2005 16:42:18 -0800
Subject: 16.0314 A Claudius Question
Comment: Re: SHK 16.0314 A Claudius Question
>An Elizabethan audience, whether lettered or not, would have regarded
>the crowning of Claudius as extraordinary.
I'm not so sure they would. With Elizabeth waning and Burleigh now gone,
the succession question was far from clear. The question of Elizabeth's
bastardy still lingered. Even Essex thought he had a shot at the throne.
And with the Catholics plotting and scheming at every turn, I actually
wonder whether the 'fin de siecle' Elizabethans might have thought it
was all par for the course? Just a thought.
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