That man was Robert Cecil, who died on 24 May 1612.
|William Cecil and his son Robert|
It is very interesting to note that while Cecil was a boy, he was educated by his mother Mildred.
Brothers have a tendency to fight, and whatever differences they may have had as children turned to deadly hatred in later years.
Essex was the Queen’s favorite, and she showered him with favors and love. Cecil was the Queen’s councillor, and she gave him a lot of responsibility.
He was also telling a well known story of a historical figure. He could hide behind the fact that he was just writing a history play. It wasn’t his fault that Richard and Cecil both had hunchbacks!
In a sense, in this war against Cecil, Shakespeare was Essex's weapon.
In my versions of Richard III, The Merchant of Venice, and Hamlet, I tell the story how Shakespeare was more than willing to be used against Cecil, and others at court whom he considered to be having a corrupting influence on the country.
For example, Richard III is a caricature of Robert Cecil. Antonio in Merchant is a bawdy caricature of Oxford, and Polonius in Hamlet is a caricature of both Cecil and his father William.
My version depicts an interrogation Cecil would have had with Shakespeare.
Also, in my version, I don't portray Cecil as some cartoon villain, twirling his moustache. Cecil must have thought that he was doing the best he could for the country, and I did my best to represent him as fairly as possible.
Not long after the rebellion, Queen Elizabeth died.
He would have been very pleased that he had lived long enough to see his great nemesis die.
I hope you continue to read this blog, and look out for other versions of the plays I am writing.
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