Gasparo Contarini, The commonwealth and government of Venice, 1599 - Book 5 - p. 125 detail.

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Date:1599

Description:The law of Venice inspired Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

The trial in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (4,1, lines 15-36) of Antonio for non-repayment to Shylock of his loan, and the resulting justice against the jew for threatening the merchant’s life, was written with a knowledge of Venetian law. Shakespeare could have found this information in Lewkenor’s translation of Contarini.


Full title: Gasparo Contarini, The commonwealth and government of Venice. Written by the Cardinal Gaspar Contareno and translated out of Italian into English by Lewes Lewkenor, With sundry other collections, annexed by the translator, With a short chronicle of the lives and raignes of the Venetian dukes. London, Imprinted by John Windet for Edmund Mattes, 1599.


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Donor ref:SR 87.9 Venice [19,575] (32/10582)

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