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|Jane and Shakespeare and Gascoigne
Written by Cheryl
(8/20/2004 3:12 a.m.)
One of the things I'm enjoying in this read is the connection between JA's History and Shakespeare's. Reading her take on incidents in his plays are a hoot. I loved the bit about Sir William Gascoigne.
JA says that Henry IV was succeeded by his son Henry who had previously beat Sir William Gascoigne.
For those not familiar with it, this scene is portrayed in Shakespeare's HENRY IV, Part Two. Sir William was the Chief Justice of England during Henry IV's reign and had a run in with Prince Hal.
The judge had directed the punishment of one of the prince's riotous companions, and the prince, who was present and enraged at the sentence, struck or grossly insulted the judge. Gascoigne immediately committed him to prison, using firm and forcible language, which brought him to a more reasonable mood, and secured his voluntary obedience to the sentence. The king is said to have approved of the act, but there appears to be good ground for the supposition that Gascoigne was removed from his post or resigned soon after the accession of Henry V.(site quoted linked below)
Which all dovetails nicely with JA's statement that when the prince became Henry V, that he grew quite reformed & Amiable, forsaking all his dissipated Companions, & never thrashing Sir William again.
No. For he was fired. LOL!
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