Shakespeare: The Lost Years

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For many years scholars have puzzled over the whereabouts of the young William Shakespeare. Where was he and what was he doing during the 'lost years' between leaving school and appearing as an actor and playwright in London? This fascinating literary detective story throws fresh light on the problems and provides some intriguing and significant answers.

Bringing forward new historic and documentary evidence, one of Britain's most senior Shakespeare scholars makes it as clear as...

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Overview

For many years scholars have puzzled over the whereabouts of the young William Shakespeare. Where was he and what was he doing during the 'lost years' between leaving school and appearing as an actor and playwright in London? This fascinating literary detective story throws fresh light on the problems and provides some intriguing and significant answers.

Bringing forward new historic and documentary evidence, one of Britain's most senior Shakespeare scholars makes it as clear as it now can be that Shakespeare worked as schoolmaster and player for a wealthy Catholic landowner in Lancashire and later for the Earl of Derby. One of the book's most startling conclusions is that Shakespeare was probably brought up as a Roman Catholic.

Step by step this strange story of patronage, recusancy and aspiring talent is pursued through complex family relationships in a lucid and readable way that will delight anyone who likes a good story about a great national figure. For the serious scholar, the book also shows how the Lancashire connection and the Catholic background help to explain mysterious references in a number of the plays and poems and fills a major gap in the understanding of our literary heritage.

Revised for this edition, E. A. J. Honigmann updates the scholarship surrounding this fascinating research.

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The first edition was published in 1985. Shakespeare scholar E.A.J. Honigmann offers an account of William Shakespeare's "lost years" between his leaving school and appearing as an actor and playwright in London. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719054259
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

E.A.J. Honigmann was, until his retirement, Joseph Cowen Professor of English Literature at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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Table of Contents

List of plates
Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
List of abbreviations
I Introduction 1
II Hoghton of Hoghton Tower 8
III Sir Thomas Hesketh of Rufford 31
IV John Cottom of Tarnacre 40
V John Weever and the Hoghtons 50
VI Shakespeare and Lord Strange's Men 59
VII The Shakespeare epitaphs and the Stanleys 77
VIII Thomas Savage of Rufford 84
IX The Phoenix and the Turtle 90
X Shakespeare's religion 114
XI Conclusion 126
App. A Extracts from wills 135
1 Alexander Hoghton (1581) 135
2 Sir Thomas Hesketh (1588) 142
3 Thomas Savage (1611) 143
4 John Cottom (1616) 144
5 John Weever (1632) 145
App. B Genealogical tables 146
1 Hoghton of Hoghton Tower 146
2 Butler of Middle Rawcliffe 147
3 Cottam (Cottom) of Tarnacre 148
4 Salusbury of Lleweni and Rug 149
App. C A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry VI Parts 2 and 3, and the Stanley family 150
Notes 155
Index 165
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2003

    Why startling?

    The publisher writes, 'One of Honigmann's most startling conclusions is that Shakespeare was probably brought up as a Roman Catholic'. Why is this startling? Nearly every English man and woman in Shakespeare's parents' generation was born a Catholic. If we knew nothing at all about Shakespeare's life we might note that the plays ridicule Puritans (Malvolio etc) while drawing sympathetic portraits of Catholic clerics (Friar Lawrence etc). And many plays (particularly King Lear) seem to be on the side of the invading Armada, rather than the home forces. Shakespeare the Catholic is only a startling idea for those generations who were brought up to believe that that the national poet MUST be a Protestant. Surely those days are over.

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