The French Language


"Shakespeare" knew the French language, and had even a colloquial use of it, as witness the play "Henry V," where long conversations are carried on in that tongue, which shows he must have at some time actually resided in France.

There is no evidence that Will Shaksper ever went to France or that he understood the French language.
It is a fact that Francis Bacon when fifteen years of age went to France with Sir Amyas Paulet, the English Ambassador to French Court, and resided there for over two years, which would account for the colloquial use of the French language in the above play.


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