None of this bears on the more basic question, the
first question students ask, of why Hamlet is not king to begin
with. Why did he not he succeed his father? In a provocative recent
reading of the play, MargretadeGrazia makes this the missing key:
he has been disinherited, in violation of every expectation. This,
not his father’s death and his mother’s o’er-hasty
The Dunsoete Agreement and daily life in the Welsh borderlands
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History 30 (2005): 1–19; H. P. R. Finberg, ‘Mercians and Welsh’, in Lucerna –
Studies of Some Problems in the Early History of England (London, 1964): 66–82;
and Nicholas Brooks, ‘The formation of the Mercian kingdom’, in The Origins of
Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms, ed. Bassett, 159–70.
41 For overviews of postcolonial approaches to the Middle Ages, see Gabrielle M.
Spiegel, ‘Épater les médiévistes’, History and Theory 39 (2000): 243–50, MargretadeGrazia, ‘The modern divide: from either side’, Journal of Medieval and Early