Saturday, February 27, 2021
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Saturday, February 6, 2021
SHRIEVE OF KENT: My lord: I plead our ancient liberties,Recorded and enroll’d in the king’s crown office,Wherein the men of Kent are clear discharg’dOf fines, fifteens, or any other taxesFor ever given them by the conqueror.[...]SHRIEVE OF NORTHUMBERLAND:We are freeborn, my lord, yet do confessOur lives and goods are at the king’s dispose.But how, my lord? Like to a gentle princeTo take or borrow what we best may spare,And not, like bondslaves, force it from our hands[...]SHRIEVE OF NORTHUMBERLAND:Well, God forgive both you and us, my lord;Your hard oppressions have undone the stateAnd made all England poor and desolate.
Monday, February 1, 2021
Firstly, let's quickly get the backstory of this play out the way. It's said to date from the Elizabethan era and only survives in manuscript form. In the manuscript there are several different handwriting styles. One of which is thought by some researchers to be the hand of William Shakespeare. If this is correct it's the only surviving evidence of Shakespeare's handwriting. Aside from records of his signature.
(Any eagle-eyed readers will immediately spot the first problem with this - they therefore have nothing to compare it with, except the signatures. So as they have no idea what Shakespeare's actual handwriting looked like, nor any contemporary accounts of Shakespeare's involvement, we're once again basing everything on; these few passages read like Shakespeare. --you can probably guess what my thoughts are on this one by now :)
MORE. [..] When were you last at barbers? how long timeHave you upon your head worn this shag hair?[..] it is an odious sightTo see a man thus hairy, thou shalt lieIn Newgate till thy vow and thy three yearsBe full expired.—Away with him!
MORE. Why, now thy face is like an honest man's
"LINCOLN. It is hard when Englishmen's patience must be thus jetted on by strangers, and they not dare to revenge their own wrongs."
DOLL. Purchase of me! away, ye rascal! I am an honest plain carpenters wife [..] hand off, then, when I bid thee!BARDE [a foreign Lombard]. Go with me quietly, or I'll compel thee.
MORE. [..] Imagine that you see the wretched strangers,Their babies at their backs and their poor luggage,Plodding to th' ports and costs for transportation
[..should the King] banish you, whether would you go?What country, by the nature of your error,Should give you harbor? go you to France or Flanders,To any German province, to Spain or Portugal,Nay, any where that not adheres to England,—Why, you must needs be strangers: would you be pleasedTo find a nation of such barbarous temper,That, breaking out in hideous violence,Would not afford you an abode on earth
MORE. Oh, pardon me!I will subscribe to go unto the TowerWith all submissive willingness, and thereto addMy bones to strengthen the foundationOf Julius Caesar's palace.