Note to King Lear, 4.1.58-63: "Obidicut . . . Flibbertigibbet"


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The names of the five devils are derived, sometimes with changed spelling, from Harsnett. Samuel Harsnett, who became Archbishop of York, was a contemporary of Shakespeare's who wrote A Declaration of Egregious Popish Impostures. According to Wikipedia, "Shakespeare used this book as a source, pulling words and phrases when writing the play King Lear, mainly spoken by Edgar while he feigns madness."




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