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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 162, 2008 Lectures$
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Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264584

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264584.001.0001

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Was Shakespeare an Essex Man?

Was Shakespeare an Essex Man?

Shakespeare Lecture

(p.1) Was Shakespeare an Essex Man?
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 162, 2008 Lectures


British Academy

This lecture presents the text of the speech about William Shakespeare's involvement in the 1601 rebellion of the Earl of Essex delivered by the author at the 2008 Shakespeare Lecture held at the British Academy. It discusses the closure of performance theatre after the arrest of Essex, his steward Sir Gelly Meyrick, and several other men. The lecture also explains that the case of Meyrick is the first instance on record of a person being executed for commissioning the performance of a Shakespeare play.

Keywords:   William Shakespeare, Earl of Essex, rebellion, Sir Gelly Meyrick, Shakespeare Lecture, British Academy

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