Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester (2)

 

Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, died in 1447 and was buried in the Abbey Church of St. Albans. On his tomb is noted the fact that he was protector to King Henry VI; also that he exposed an imposter who pretended to be born blind.

In the play "Henry V" we find the incident recorded, where Gloucester exposes a man who pretends to be blind.

Is it a coincidence that Francis Bacon lived at Gorhambury near St.Albans, and must have read the inscription on Duke Humphrey's tomb, which records the incident that we find set out in detail in this play?

This incident appears to have been dragged into the play for no particular reason, since it breaks into the middle of a violent quarrel between Gloucester and the Cardinal.

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