Sue I was quoting from Ivor Brown's book on Shakespeare, p. 357-8. He thinks that there was a pressure of conviction and even of real glee behind the defiant lines quoted, written for the play hut "obviously acceptable to Queen Eliza beth." 1 do not see that this necessarily conveys a comparison between the Queen and King John; but 1 think it quite likely that these sentiments may have been well liked by a section of the audience and present some sort of case for the Royal Supremacy of Tudor times, Perhaps it is dangerous to found any argument on this kind of writing either for or against the views 1 gave. But I do not think it would have entered the head of the dramatist that he was suggesting any comparison between the two monarchs.
C. G. Mortimer.
2 White Buildings, Lee-on-Solent.