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Taking Love's Labour's Lost seriously

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posted on 2020-11-11, 14:49 authored by Nigel WoodNigel Wood

One of Jack Cade’s more utopian demands in King Henry VI, Part II is to dispense with books altogether, arraigning the Lord Say not only for being complicit in the loss of Normandy but also for the corruption of ‘the youth of the realm in erecting a grammar school’ whereby books were the new currency issuing forth from his own paper-mill, ‘contrary to the King his crown and dignity’ (4.7.31, 34–5). This is no simple parody of the fall-guy conspirator, however, for there – unexpectedly – is some force in his objections to civility. The act of appointing Justices of the Peace who could try poor men who knew not how to answer so as to claim benefit of clergy (4.7.38–43) has its own cogency, even if it is bundled up with the same mob mentality that also cares not to enquire about personalities when Cinna the Poet in Julius Caesar is in the wrong place and at the wrong time (3.3).

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • English

Published in

Shakespeare Survey 74: Shakespeare and Education

Pages

208-221

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© Cambridge University Press

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This material has been published in revised form in Shakespeare Survey 74: Shakespeare and Education edited by Emma Smith https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009036795.015. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution or re-use. © Cambridge University Press.

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2020-08-16

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2021-08-31

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2021

ISBN

9781009036795

Book series

Shakespeare Survey

Language

  • en

Editor(s)

Emma Smith

Depositor

Prof Nigel Wood. Deposit date: 9 November 2020

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