The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0987 Sunday, 5 November 2006
Date: Thursday, 02 Nov 2006 00:45:44 +0000
Subject: 17.0969 The Archbishop Wasn't There? So Forth.
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0969 The Archbishop Wasn't There? So Forth.
To me, the speech most resembles the situation, all too familiar from
recent history, of a king who decides to go to war and wants his
advisors to justify the, already made, decision. The king may phrase his
request to the archbishop as a question, but I don't think the
archbishop is fooled. Both king and archbishop have their own reasons
for wanting the war, so the archbishop is happy to present the king with
a "just cause." And, of course, in medieval warfare a "just cause" was
even more important than it is today.
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