New Illustrations Of The Life, Studies, And Writings Of Shakespeare (volume 1) by Joseph Hunter

New Illustrations Of The Life, Studies, And Writings Of Shakespeare (volume 1)

byJoseph Hunter

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1845. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... PROLUSIONS ON THE FAMILY OF SHAKESPEARE, &c. THE SHAKESPEARES. The surname Shakespeare binds together in bonds of consanguinity a tribe of Englishmen, who, for the most part, have affected only the commonest names in the English vocabulary, John, Thomas, William, and Richard. This cannot be said of surnames in general. It is the peculiarity of the surname Shakespeare which creates a presumption that all of the name are of the same lineage, almost equal to the certainty which historical evidence for each particular link would produce. The name we may presume to have been first adopted in the reign of King Edward the Third, when persons in the middle ranks of life began to be sensible to the convenience of having an invariable adjunct to what is properly the name, which should be common to every individual of the lineage. It does not occur in many copious lists of surnames of Englishmen of the period before that reign; and it does occur in the reign of King Henry the Fourth. During the fifteenth century our means of arriving at genealogical knowledge are very imperfect, when the sub B ject of inquiry is a family in whom there inhered neither dignities nor large estates. The difficulty continues in full force till the time of the institution of parish registers. We know something of the Shakespeares in the fifteenth, sixteenth, and following centuries; but still, as a famUy, it is but little that has been recovered concerning" them. They have never had an antiquary of their own to arrest the fleeting facts of their history, and they have never risen to a distinction which led to the searching out their descent by public officers, and the recording it in the genealogical registers of the realm. The great mass of the family are among those who are remembered in the o...

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Title:New Illustrations Of The Life, Studies, And Writings Of Shakespeare (volume 1)Format:PaperbackDimensions:134 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.29 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217514510

ISBN - 13:9780217514514

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