Republicanism,exclusion, and the name of king in Nathaniel Lee’s Lucius Junius Brutus
kin. In order to
achieve his purposes, he is ready to lie and to feign mercy only to withdraw
it the very next moment:
Titus. … O all the extremity
Of cruel rigor, to behold me too,
To sit unmoved and see me whipped to death?
Where are your bowels now? Is this a father?
Ah, sir, why should you make my heart suspect
That all your late compassion was dissembled? (IV.541–46)
‘The Name of King will light upon a Tarquin’
In spite of Titus’s pathetic plea, Brutus –‘father of the country’, as the subtitle of the play styles him, but not a father to his sons
one of the keys to the film’s success. As Andrew Higson explains the process: ‘The cranking up of the romantic comedy in Shakespeare in Love … enabled the film-makers to re-energize the genre, to create something that would appeal to a wider audience.’ 17 He sees this mostly a result of catering for the demands of ‘a highly educated and culturally discerning middle-class audience and for a mainstream romantic comedy audience’ at the same time. 18
Looking back at the film’s release from our post-#MeToo vantage point, it is also interesting to see several