A Chapter in the Early Life of Shakespeare: Polesworth in Arden

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In this charming and thought-provoking 1926 volume, Arthur Gray, Master of Jesus College, Cambridge from 1912 to 1940, explored the possibility that William Shakespeare spent his formative years at Polesworth Hall in the Forest of Arden, perhaps serving as a page boy. The Forest of Arden once stretched from just north of Stratford-upon-Avon to Tamworth, and covered what is now Birmingham; Polesworth, near Tamworth, was the home of Sir Henry Goodere and the centre of the famed 'Polesworth Circle'. This splendid ...
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In this charming and thought-provoking 1926 volume, Arthur Gray, Master of Jesus College, Cambridge from 1912 to 1940, explored the possibility that William Shakespeare spent his formative years at Polesworth Hall in the Forest of Arden, perhaps serving as a page boy. The Forest of Arden once stretched from just north of Stratford-upon-Avon to Tamworth, and covered what is now Birmingham; Polesworth, near Tamworth, was the home of Sir Henry Goodere and the centre of the famed 'Polesworth Circle'. This splendid focus of creative and cultural activity would have offered the young William exposure to the finest minds, a wonderful education and valuable introductions. Sir Henry, who evidently knew John Shakespeare in Stratford, was certainly patron of many young writers and musicians, including the eminent Elizabethan poet, Michael Drayton. If Gray is correct, Drayton would have been a contemporary of Shakespeare's at Polesworth.
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1. The problem stated; 2. The Marlowe fiction; 3. The Greenwood theory; 4. The Stratford legend; 5. Does Shakespeare rail? 6. William Shakespeare, gentleman; 7. Concerning genius; 8. Stratford fact and fable; 9. The flight to London; 10. Shakespeare's silence about Stratford; 11. Concerning Arden; 12. Of poets, patronage and pages; 13. What happened in 1572; 14. Polesworth; 15. Shakespeare in north Warwickshire; 16. Shakespeare's road to London; 17. Michael Drayton; 18. The Polesworth circle; 19. The Gooderes; 20. The sonnets; 21. Southampton; 22. Warwickshire scenes in Shakespeare's youth; 23. The last days.
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