By Katharine Eisaman Maus
What's the relation among who an individual is, and what she or he has? a couple of Shakespeare's performs interact with this question, elaborating a 'poetics of estate' centering on questions of authority and entitlement, of inheritance and prodigality, and of the various possibilities afforded via entry to land and to chattel estate. Being and Having in Shakespeare considers those shows of possession and authority Richard II and the Henry IV performs construe sovereignty as a sort of estate correct, mostly construing imperium, or the authority over people in a polity, as a sort of dominium, the authority of the propertyholder. still, what estate ability alterations significantly from Richard's reign to Henry's, because the imagined global of the performs is reconfigured to incorporate an city economic system of chattel consumables. The service provider of Venice, written among Richard II and Henry IV, half 1, reimagines, in comedian phrases, a few of the related matters broached within the background performs. It focuses particularly at the challenge of the daughter's inheritance and at the assorted estate responsibilities between family, pals, enterprise affiliates, and spouses. within the determine of the 'vagabond king', theoretically entitled yet really dispossessed, Henry VI, half 2 and King Lear either coordinate difficulties of entitlement with conundrums approximately distributive justice, elevating basic questions about estate relatives and social association.
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He tells King Henry: Percy is but my factor, good my lord, To engross up glorious deeds on my behalf; And I will call him to so strict account That he shall render every glory up . . 147–50) Prodigal Princes 49 Whereas in the parable of the prodigal son the young man runs off to foreign parts and squanders his goods, in Henry IV Part 1 the young voyager, Hotspur, “engrosses,” or accumulates at wholesale rates, “glorious deeds” that he will need to relinquish to his superior upon his return.
In addition, over the centuries leaseholders gradually gained rights virtually identical to those of the socage tenant, so the distinction between the two forms grew ﬁner still, producing by Shakespeare’s time what A. W. B. 36 The substitution of cash rents for knight-service may well have had, as Gaunt notes, the effect of disaggregating proprietary rights in land from status and generational hierarchies, and of dividing economic from political obligations. But 24 Being and Having in Shakespeare if so, the fault lies not with the lease per se, but with developments in land law and in practical governance that by the late fourteenth century had been in the works for hundreds of years.