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    Subject: stratford
    Date: Sep 16, 2003
    Sender: mike thomasPrevious | Next

    Further to my mail shot of the 15th inst.

    When you consider the comments made by Dr John Ward, who met Shakspere's illiterate daughter Judith Hall, and the acerbic handwritten addition in Camden ("plani nostro") - made by a contemporary - one can't escape the conclusion that at that time the good burgesses of Stratford were not overly fond of their famous actor. It was only when he started - posthumously - to rake in the shekels for them that they decided that it would be financially astute to believe both in him as a writer, and in the advantages of having a tourist industry.

    To return to Marlowe: curiously, the Queen herself took an interest in the Marlowe "murder" and, even more curiously, she wanted her own writ returned as well (see below: "& with this writ").

    "Elizabeth by the grace of God of England France & Ireland Queen Defender of the Faith &c to our well-beloved William Danby, Gentleman, Coroner of our household, greeting. Wishing for certain causes to be certified upon an indictment made in your presence concerning the death of Christopher Morley, upon view of the body of the same Christopher, at Deptford Stand in our Country of Kent within the verge lying dead and slain, whence a certain Ingram ffrysar, late of London, Gentleman, is indicted (as by the record thence remaining with you it fully appears). And whether the same Ingram slew the aforesaid Christopher in self-defence, & not feloniously or of malice aforethought, so that in no other wise could he avoid his own death, or not; we command you to send the tenor of the indictment aforesaid with everything touching it and whatsoever names the parties aforesaid in that indictment are known by, to us in our Chancery under your seal distinctly and openly without delay, & with this writ. Witness myself at Westminster on the 15th day of June in the year of our reign the thirty-fifth".

    Frizer was pardoned in record time.

    Regards,

    Mike Thomas
    16. 09. 2003



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  • review   from michael Rubbo, Apr 19, 2002
  • Re: review   from Alan Knight, Jan 2, 2003
  • Saw the movie myself!   from Jennifer Lorance, Sep 23, 2002
  • Re: Saw the movie myself!   from Mike Rubbo, Jan 19, 2003
  • Re: Saw the movie myself!   from Jennifer Lorance, Oct 23, 2003
  • marlowe   from mike thomas, Sep 15, 2003
  • » stratford «   from mike thomas, Sep 16, 2003
  • marlowe2   from mike thomas, Sep 19, 2003
  • deptford   from mike thomas, Sep 20, 2003
  • Much Ado...   from Juliet Clark, Apr 13, 2004
  • review   from michael Rubbo, Apr 19, 2002
  • Re: review   from Alan Knight, Jan 2, 2003
  • Saw the movie myself!   from Jennifer Lorance, Sep 23, 2002
  • Re: Saw the movie myself!   from Mike Rubbo, Jan 19, 2003
  • Re: Saw the movie myself!   from Jennifer Lorance, Oct 23, 2003
  • marlowe   from mike thomas, Sep 15, 2003
  • » stratford «   from mike thomas, Sep 16, 2003
  • marlowe2   from mike thomas, Sep 19, 2003
  • deptford   from mike thomas, Sep 20, 2003
  • Much Ado...   from Juliet Clark, Apr 13, 2004