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By Linda Anderson

This e-book explores the virtues Shakespeare made from the cultural prerequisites of servants and repair. even if all of Shakespeare's performs function servants as characters, and lots of of those characters play famous roles, strangely little cognizance has been paid to them or to the idea that of carrier. a spot within the tale is the 1st book-length evaluate of the makes use of Shakespeare makes of servant-characters and the early glossy inspiration of provider. carrier used to be not just a truth of existence in Shakespeare's period, but in addition a posh ideology. The publication discusses carrier either as an excellent and an insult, examines how servants functionality within the performs, and explores the language of carrier. different issues contain loyalty, recommendation, messengers, clash, disobedience, and violence. Servants have been an intrinsic a part of early glossy existence and Shakespeare stumbled on servant-characters and the concept that of carrier necessary in lots of other ways.

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155–57). Immediately after this statement, Henry honors Cranmer by asking him to stand godfather to the newborn Princess Elizabeth. This does not, however, mean that all instances of reward-for- ................. 11284$ $CH2 06-10-05 13:55:10 PS PAGE 44 2: ‘‘WHAT DUTY IS’’: SERVICE AS IDEAL AND INDIGNITY 45 service reflect well on the parties involved in the transactions. 25–26, 31). Their service, which involves betrayal of a friend, is ignoble, and Hamlet comments on it when he refers to Rosencrantz as a ‘‘sponge .

And, of course, all members of the commonwealth were assumed to acknowledge their duty to serve God. 10 Though we are inclined to think of service as something done by servants and peasants, Shakespeare often depicts rich and powerful characters as serving or at least thinking about service. 11 However, when kings in Shakespeare’s plays are characterized as God’s servants, the descriptions are usually intended to aggrandize, rather than diminish, their prestige. Richard II says that the king is ‘‘the deputy elected by the Lord,’’ defines himself as God’s steward, and re- .................

113–14). Coriolanus is perhaps the best-remembered character who reminds those he has served of his services and craves reward, but he is not the only one. As early as The Comedy of Errors, Antipholus of Ephesus is asking the Duke of Ephesus to recall his wartime service and reward him for it: Justice, most gracious Duke, oh, grant me justice! Even for the service that long since I did thee, ................. 11284$ $CH2 06-10-05 13:55:12 PS PAGE 49 50 A PLACE IN THE STORY When I bestrid thee in the wars and took Deep scars to save thy life; even for the blood That then I lost for thee, now grant me justice.

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