Shakespeare in France Part Deux: One Mystery Solved

As our analysts poured through documents from France to follow up on the tantalizing clues that pointed to the notion that Shakespeare may have indeed been present in French wine country before the turn of the 17th century, one thing became increasingly clear:  contrary to the notion that Shakespeare’s brand of humor and style of play were not in line with what the French people appreciated during that time period, the number of references to Shakespeare and bawdy humor actually increase in period documents.

One conclusion that can already be drawn:  the continuation of the Protestant reformation in England and France during Shakespeare’s era allowed former French families that came to England with William the Conqueror and then became Protestant, to get back in touch with their newly Protestant French cousins to share information.

Remarkably, that means that historical gems of information such as play attendees and even some of the unknown actors have come to light.  One example of this that is shown above comes from a document that post-dates Shakespeare by about 80 years.  A reunion of cousins from both England and France in France at a family occasion brought forth the information that a descendant of Mowbray probably with the real name of Heuke was an actor who portrayed Lord Rambures in Henry V at the Globe Theatre in the Elizabethan Era.

With the mystery of how so much Shakespeare information reached the continent and diffused so quickly regionally explained, our staff plans to continue to look for more evidence that the bard actually visited France at some point.