We must retrace our steps and return to Stratford for a little, where, as we have seen, Hamnet was buried in the August of 1596. In spite of this blow to Shakespeare’s hopes of establishing a family of his name, he took up once more his father’s old ambition of acquiring a coat of arms and this time pursued it to a successful conclusion. It is unlikely that the old man, within five years of his death, was behind this move ; it was a step up, a proper recognition of status, for the successful dramatist with a now assured position, the security of the good fellowship of the Chamberlain’s company behind him, in which he was a sharer, the most important fellow after Richard Burbage himself.
KeywordsLate Ninety Privy Council Henry Versus Romantic Comedy Pastoral Romance
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