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Shakespeare Connected - Shakespeare and Religious War

Sheldon Tapestry.

By having her hands as well as her tongue cut off Lavinia was prevented from denouncing her assailants like Ovid’s Philomela had done: by weaving her story.

The undisputed masters of Philomela’s art in early modern Europe were the Dutch (the city of ‘Arras’ was part of the Spanish Netherlands at the time). The famous Sheldon tapestry business at Barcheston, Warwickshire, drew on the expertise of Richard Hyckes, a Flemish Master weaver who also worked for Queen Elizabeth.

 

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Tapestry panel, c. 1570-1590, depicting episodes in the life of Joseph (including Potiphar’s wife). SBT 1993-31/299.

 

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