"Shakespeare" seems to have had a prejudice against the lawyer, Sir Edward Coke, and to have caricatured him in Twelfth Night, where Sir Toby says: "Taunt him with the license of ink: if thou thou'st him thrice, it shall not be amiss.
This appears to be a reference to a speech of
Coke's made at the trial of Sir Walter Raleigh, when Coke said:
"Thou Viper, for I thou thee, thou Traitor!"
Is it a coincidence having regard to the fact that Francis Bacon's most implacable enemy throughout his whole professional life was Sir Edward Coke, both being constant rivals for the favour of the Court and for the highest honours of the profession to which they belonged?
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