SHAKESPEARE A LAWYER
Item #: 61812
Pages: 50 pp.
Published: London; Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans and Robe; 1858. Reprinted in 2006.
Subjects: LEGAL PROFESSION, LEGAL ANECDOTES
The frequent occurrence of legal terms, phrases and conceptsin Shakespeare's works have led several scholars to concludethat he was trained as a lawyer, or that he studied the lawduring his youth. This belief is bolstered by a fewtantalizing bits of biographical data that link him to legalLondon. This subject attracted a great deal of attentionduring the 19th century, particularly in Great Britain. Thisbrief book by Rushton, a London barrister, is among the mostsophisticated. Unlike other studies, he restricts hisattention to legal words and phrases that laymen would nothave known. He locates and discusses around 100 examplesthat were "used by Shakespeare with a consciousness of theiroriginal technicality and of their legal purport" (7).Reprinted by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.Distributed by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.
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