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Shakespeare and the Law

Synopsis
Video podcast from Warwick University with PhD student Adam Slavny and Professor of Law Paul Raffield. The podcast takes as its starting point the gravedigger scene from Hamlet, which parodies Hales v. Pettit, a case decided in 1564. The scene, according to Raffield, demonstrates that Shakespeare had a considerable technical knowledge of the law, and he speculates that the playwright probably had, if not legal training, at least close contact with lawyers in London’s Inns of Court. [45 minutes]
Series
Thinking Aloud
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2016
Subjects
Law; Shakespeare
Keywords
lawyers; legal issues; property law; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Online availability

URI
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/atoz/thinkingaloud/podcasts/shakespeare_and_the_law.mp4
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed/Download

Credits

Contributor
Adam Slavny; Paul Raffield

Distributor

Name

University of Warwick Podcasts

Web
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/podcasts/media/ External site opens in new window

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