Shakespeare's Sonnets and the Court of Navarre

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Edwin Mellen Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 207 pages
Suggests that the lost frame of reference for the Sonnets is to be found in France. The Dark Lady, it appears, was French and the sonnet story took place not in Shakespeare's England but at the Court of Navarre. Moreover, the lady was not Shakespeare's mistress, for he was not the original sonnet poet but an adapter, who turned French sonnets into English.

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Contents

Preface
1
The Navarre Hypothesis
7
Shakespeares Sonnets
19
The Dating of the Sonnets
27
Shakespeares Sonnets as Translations
36
Shakespeares Sonnet People
43
Henry of Navarre as the Fair Friend
49
Marguerite de Valois as the Dark Lady
64
Guillaume Du Bartas as the Rival Poet
73
A Lovers Complaint
88
The Provenance of the Manuscripts
102
Copyright

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