Shakespeare and the Law
Barton's entertaining and handy study reviews allusions to trials, judges, advocates, courts, procedure, legal concepts and terminology in Shakespeare's plays. Also biographical, Barton considers Shakespeare's personal relation to the Inns of Court and Chancery and the extent of his legal expertise.
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THE INNS OF CHANCERYCLEMENTS INN
ALLUSIONS TO CASES AND LAWYERS OF NOTESIR WILLIAM GASCOIGNE JUDGE HALES AND JUDGE PHESANT
ALLUSIONS TO CASES AND LAWYERS OF NOTESIR EDWARD COKE SIR TOBY AND SIR HOBY AND CHIEF BARON MANWOOD
ALLUSIONS TO CASES AND LAWYERS OF NOTESHELLEYS CASE FINES AND RECOVERIES AND THE CASE OF PERPETUITIES
ALLUSIONS TO COURTS AND PROCEDURE
ALLUSIONS TO CROWN CRIMINAL CONSTITUTIONAL AND FEUDAL LAW continued
ALLUSIONS TO THE LAW OF REAL PROPERTY
SHAKESPEARES USE OF LEGAL MAXIMS
SHAKESPEARES USE OF LEGAL JARGON
LORD CAMPBELLS EXAGGERATION OF SHAKESPEARES LEGAL ACQUIREMENTS
OTHER EXAGGERATIONS OF SHAKESPEARES LEGAL ACQUIREMENTS
ALLUSIONS TO CROWN CRIMINAL CONSTITUTIONAL AND FEUDAL LAW
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Page xiii - Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me! You would play upon me; you would seem to know my stops; you would pluck out the heart of my mystery; you would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass; and there is much music, excellent 76 voice, in this little organ, yet cannot you make it speak.
Page xxxv - O, there be players that I have seen play, and heard others praise, and that highly, not to speak it profanely, that, neither having the accent of Christians nor the gait of Christian, pagan, nor man, have so strutted and bellowed that I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made men and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably.
Page xxxiv - Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus; but use all gently: for in the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say, whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance, that may give it smoothness.
Page xxxiv - Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature: for any thing so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold, as 't were, the mirror up to nature ; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure.
Page xxxiv - O, it offends me to the soul, to hear a robustious, periwigpated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings; who, for the most part, are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shows, and noise. I would have such a fellow whipped for o'erdoing Termagant; it out-herods Herod. Pray you, avoid it.