VIII
Cardenio

A play entitled Cardenio was acted at Court by the King's Men in 1613; and this was ascribed by Humphrey Moseley, when he entered it in the Stationers' Register in 1653, to 'Mr Fletcher and Shakespeare'. The assumption was a reasonable one, since Shakespeare and Fletcher, as we have seen, had collaborated about the same time in The Two Noble Kinsmen and (many critics still believe) in Henry VIII. Apparently Moseley never published Cardenio; but in 1727 a play entitled Double Falsehood, prepared for the stage by Lewis Theobald and ascribed by him to Shakespeare alone, was performed with considerable success. This, like the lost play, was based on an episode in Shelton's translation of Don Quixote (Book I). Double Falsehood is based on the same story, though the names of the characters are different, and there are a few minor alterations in the plot. Henriquez,1 after violating Violante,2 falls in love with Julio's3 betrothed, Leonora.4 Her parents agree to the marriage, and Julio arrives in time for the ceremony. Leonora, who has intended to kill herself, swoons and takes sanctuary. Julio, mad with grief, overhears Violante, who disguised as a boy has just escaped the amorous attentions of a herdsman,

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1
Fernando.
2
Dorotea.
3
Cardenio.
4
Luscinda.

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  • By the Same Author ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • I - Introduction 1
  • II - Shakespeare's Hand in Edward III 10
  • III - Edward III 31
  • IV - Shakespeare's Hand in Pericles 56
  • V - Pericles 77
  • VI - Shakespeare's Hand In The Two Noble Kinsmen 98
  • VII - The Two Noble Kinsmen 124
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