Context Surrounding King Lear Notes
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1568 Shakespeare's father became Stratford's town mayor where he applied for a coat of arms but did not proceed with this application, Shakespeare himself went to pains to be awarded the title of 'gentlemen' in 1596Act 3 Scene 6- 'sees his son a gentlemen before him'
Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in November 1582 when she was 4 months pregnant. A special license was necessary as there were closed marriage seasons- Make sure his own children were not illegitimate
Shakespeare's parents (father fined for refusal to attend protestant services) were Catholic, and his teachers at the Kings New School in Stratford
Robert Debdale, a fellow pupil was arrested and executed
Venerable English College in Rome placed their pilgrim's book into an exhibition in 2009, William the scholar from Stratford had signed one of the books
Difficulties in being openly catholic, knowledge of the Geneva Bible, the baptism of his own children and his burial at the protestant Holy Trinity church in Stratford suggest he was a 'tolerant Anglican'
He was interested in the dramatic revelation and discussion of controversial ideas rather than yet another set of dogmatic paradigms
Quorto's and the Folio
-Most modern editors retain the Q ending to Act 3 Scene 7 not found in F, showing the remaining two servants discussing the cruelty of Regan and Cornwall after they have blinded Gloucester e.g Rowse
-Reinforces the audiences hope in a restorative humanity after the sadism of Cornwall and Regan
Sources of Influence
-Samuel Harsnett's- A Declaration of Egregious Popish impostures(1603)- Used un the creation of the mad person Poor Tom
-Harsnett's pamphlet was printed on the orders of the Privy Council as part of a propaganda war against Catholicism
-Intended to draw attention Jesuit priests bogus exorcisms and to people like Edgar feigned the symptoms of madness and demonic possession to gain sympathy and money
-Mentions Shakespeare's school-fellow Robert Debdale and Thomas Cottam who were both executed
-Much of Edgar's babble- 'Prince of Darkness', 'Smulkin', 'Foul Fiend' etc. are taken directly from Popish Impostures
-Montaigne's Essays- Showed his hatred for human pride (hubris)
-Writes 'the weakness of our judgements helps us more than our strengths' and 'our blindness more than our clear-sightedness'
-G.C. Taylor in Shakespeare's debt to Montaigne records 23 passages that echo King Leir- 1605 play is about a straightforward civil war between Cornwall and Cambria quelled by the King Of Gallilia
-Manipulation of other sources reveal his capacious reading and quicksilver skills of alchemical synthesis Performance Context
-Discontent and religious anxiety concerning Cordelia's death and the play's alleged dark paganism and Nahum Tate finally re-wrote the ending in 1681
-Theme if love between Cordelia and Edgar and Lear and Cordelia were reconciled and lived happily ever after
-Romanticism changed this ending in the 18th century ( influenced by Charles Lamb and William Hazlitt) by Edmund Kean but he still kept the love scenes and excluded the fool
-Brian Annelsley- Wealthy Kentishman and elderly gentleman pensioner of Queen Elizabeth had 3 daughters
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