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CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTTON — ME. LUCIEN WOLF'S THEO-

RY HISTORICAL REMARKS AND CRITICISM 4

II. SIR SIDNEY LEE's THESIS CONSIDERED ON

GENERAL LINES 49

III. LEE's EVIDENCE EXAMINED — CLOTHDSRS, PAWNBROKERS AND USURERS — JEWS OR FRENCH? SEMI-JUDAEI — DISSENTERS CALLED JEWS 85

TV. THREE PLAYS CONTAINING JEWS 141

The Travaüs of the Three English Brothers Sherley

(1607) 141

A Christian turn'd Turk (1612) 156

The Custom of the Country (1620) 158

V. NAMES 179

VI. THE NAME SHYLOCKE 207

The English(?) name Bichard Shylok 214

Shyhcke to be found in the Hébrew 219

VII. THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THE MERCHANT OF

VENICE, ESPECIALLY THE BOND-STORY. . . 235

The "historicUy" of the Fïesh-Bondtheme—Oriental or Western? — The Laws of the XII Tables —

Grimm, Simrock, Benfey 235

The Flesh-Bond in the Bamberg Ballad 245

The Leti-Story 251

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