By Arthur Gray
During this captivating and thought-provoking 1926 quantity, Arthur grey, grasp of Jesus university, Cambridge from 1912 to 1940, explored the chance that William Shakespeare spent his early life at Polesworth corridor within the woodland of Arden, might be serving as a web page boy. The woodland of Arden as soon as stretched from simply north of Stratford-upon-Avon to Tamworth, and coated what's now Birmingham; Polesworth, close to Tamworth, used to be the house of Sir Henry Goodere and the centre of the famed 'Polesworth Circle'. This the best option concentration of inventive and cultural task may have provided the younger William publicity to the best minds, a superb schooling and precious introductions. Sir Henry, who obviously knew John Shakespeare in Stratford, used to be definitely client of many younger writers and musicians, together with the eminent Elizabethan poet, Michael Drayton. If grey is right, Drayton may were a latest of Shakespeare's at Polesworth.
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Is it worth while further to demonstrate Shakespeare's abhorrence of satire and the judicial hypocrisy involved in anonymous censure of individuals? The Banished Duke may answer for him, when to Jaques, who claims for himself a charter as the wind, to blow on whom he pleases, he replies: 'Fie on thee! '* * Jaques is a faint forecast of Timon: both have a passion for forests and caves. ' 24 Does Shakespeare Rail? ' Is it not rightly said of Shakespeare himself by the Poet whose aim he idealises?
It is based on an identification of Sir Thomas Lucy with Justice Shallow, suggested by the opening lines of Merry Wives, a play which the parson had not read, and no Stratford parishioner is likely to have read. I make no question that Betterton was the source of the fiction. Betterton, who died in 1710 at the age of something like 75, visited Stratford at an uncertain date —probably in the last quarter of the seventeenth century. It is unfortunate that we know no more of his researches there than is told by Rowe in the 'Account of the Life ofShakespeare' which he printed with his edition of the Plays, issued in 1709.
Of William's education in boyhood and occupation in youth there is no vestige of evidence. He apparently married, but no record of the place or date of the ceremony exists. There is some question whether his wife's maiden name was Agnes or Anne Hathaway or Anne Whateley, and there is no conclusive evidence that she was born or lived at Shottery. After the birth of his twin children in February 1585, Stratford completely loses sight of him. From that time, until his appearance in 13 The Stratford Legend London, seven years later, there is not a whisper of his whereabouts or occupation.
A Chapter in the Early Life of Shakespeare: Polesworth in Arden by Arthur Gray