The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0637  Tuesday, 11 July 2006

From: 		Geralyn Horton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Monday, 10 Jul 2006 14:26:16 -0400
Subject: 	Lady Macbeth

Somehow I thought because "How many children had Lady Macbeth?" is an 
old joke, there would be masses of misapplied speculation on the 
subject, far beyond "The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines" that I read 
when I was a girl myself.   If a backstory exists, I've failed to find 
it.  Would some kind soul take pity on me and send me a sample of an at 
least semi-coherent account of the alleged  "historical" background of 
the Gruoch (apparently daughter to royal somebodies, married first to 
somebody with royal  aspirations before  being widowed-- probably by 
Macbeth or somebody allied to him)-- who  was married to Macbeth?   It 
doesn't have to be accurate, just coherent. I have exhausted the 
resources of the Internet and my local library.  I can't make head or 
narrative of the snippets available-- mostly because all the women are 
named Gruoch and half the men are named Malcolm and none of the 
titles/estates/clans are named consistently.  I promise not to pass off 
any speculative flights as scholarship, or use them to interpret The 
Play.  I have in mind a minor fiction of my own, and need a simple Who, 
Where, When, and What from which to proceed.  The Why and How will be 
the fun part.

G.L. Horton, playwright
Newton, MA

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