Betrayed by Envy’s Whim: Oxford, Southampton and Davison’s Anagrammata

Identifying the “impious crew” of Catilines in Francis Davison’s epigrams

Francis Davison’s 1603 publication of Anagrammata in Nomina Illustrissimorum Heroum contained thirteen epigrams in praise of eminent men, “fairly predictable exercises in courtly flattery” as described by Dana Sutton of the Philological Museum. Yet the epigrams for the Earls of Oxford and Southampton “may merit more consideration” in Sutton’s opinion. Continue reading

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Peyton Investigation and Main and Bye Plots

Recognizing the kinship based chain of connection that ran through the Essex Rebellion, Peyton Investigation, Main and Bye Plots and beyond can help us to develop a more comprehensive picture of the situation that Shakespeare and the Fair Youth faced at the end of Elizabeth’s reign and early in the rule of James I. The use of multiperspectivism – incorporating diverse viewpoints that may reflect on, counter or correct the standard account – can also help us to recover further details.  Continue reading

Six Degrees of Shakespeare

Since it lay there for so long with nothing in it, WordPress has inspired me to launch this long delayed blog with an encouraging auto message and the following quote from Shakespeare:

And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM) Continue reading