Rushton, William L. Shakespeare A Lawyer. Originally published: London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans and Roberts, 1858. 50 pp. Reprinted 2006 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584776994; ISBN 1584776994. Attractive Smythe sewn cloth bound hardcover. New. $18.95 * The frequent occurrence of legal terms, phrases and concepts in Shakespeare's works have led several scholars to conclude that he was trained as a lawyer, or that he studied the law during his youth. This belief is bolstered by a few tantalizing bits of biographical data that link him to legal London. This subject attracted a great deal of attention during the nineteenth century, particularly in Great Britain. This brief book by Rushton, a London barrister, is among the most sophisticated. Unlike other studies, he restricts his attention to legal words and phrases that laymen would not have known. He locates and discusses around a hundred examples that were "used by Shakespeare with a consciousness of their original technicality and of their legal purport" (7). Whether or not you support Rushton's thesis, his book is appealing for its quotations and commentary.
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