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What I proposed thus to do is shown in the second motto, from Mr. Carlyle's admirable article on Dr. Johnson, I having ventured to substitute the name of “Shakspere" for that of “ Johnson.” I might have accomplished the same end by writing a short notice of Shakspere, accompanied by a History of Manners and Customs, a History of the Stage, &c. &c. The form I have adopted may appear fanciful, but the narrative essentially rests upon facts. I venture, therefore, to think that I have made the course of Shakspere clear and consistent, without any extravagant theories, and with some successful resistance to long received prejudices.

Since the publication of the original edition of this volume in 1843, there have been considerable accessions to the documentary materials for the Life of Shakspere. Many of these are curious and valuable; others are memorials of that diligent antiquarianism, whose results are not always proportionate to its labour. I have availed myself of any real information which has been brought to light during the last two-and-twenty years, and I have in every case ascribed the merit of any discovery to its proper anthor.

CHARLES KNIGHT.

1862

CHAPTER VIII. -PAGEANTS.

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Coventry Churches and Pageants

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Old Church of Hampton Lucy.

244 Near Ludington

A Peep at Charlcote..

245 The Mill, Welford

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Weston Church

532 Ditto of the burial of Judith Quiney

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Fac-simile of entry in Parish Register of the Mar- Autograph of Eliza Barnard...............

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riage of Thomas Quiney and Judith Shakspere. . 533 Autographs of Shakspere...........

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Signature of Thomas Quiney

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Monument at Stratford ............

539 Shakspere's bust from the Monument at Stratford 551

Shakspere's Will ...........

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Stratford Registers...............................

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Note on the Portraits of Shakspere...........

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Note on the Shakspere House and New Place.............

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