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    Subject: deptford
    Date: Sep 20, 2003
    Sender: mike thomasPrevious | Next

    I would like to emphasize that my intention in writing was not in order to have my mail shots displayed - unless you feel that it will be of assistance to do so. Mike Rubbo is on record as saying that he experienced some trepidation about making a film that deals with a sacred cow, and I hoped to make it clear that the documentary he made was long overdue. About four centuries overdue, actually.

    There isn‚t even anything outlandish about the data used in the documentary, either, as has often been suggested. The salient point to remember here is that at the time in question, the ecclesiastical courts functioned completely independently of the secular judiciary, and the Church courts also had their own powers of enforcement, so Marlowe could have been roasted without the secular authorities being able to do a thing about it - legally, that is.

    The co-existence of two such authorities obviously has considerable potential for causing conflict, and in France it sometimes resulted in Cardinal Richelieu‚s guards actually fighting it out with Louis XIII‚s musketeers, but in Britain subterfuge was the means employed by one authority in order to thwart the other - as was the case with Marlowe.

    One aspect of the Deptford incident that is extraordinary, though, is the level of sophistication used in the deception. Marlowe, however, was an extraordinary man, and well capable of concocting just such a plot.

    Regards

    Mike Thomas
    20. 09. 2003


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    Comment index:

  • 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