The Taming of the Shrew is similar in style and narrative to “Taming of a Shrew” which was anonymously registered at the Stationer’s Office on the 2nd of May 1594. The former being the original and must have been written much earlier (1591-2). The major literary sources include George Gascoigne (1525-1577) a play entitled “Supposes” (first performed at Gray’s Inn 1567). While his poems “A Hundreth Sundry Floweres”, which he presumably wrote or conversely were written anonymously by the Earl of Oxford. Translation of an Italian drama, Aristo’s “I Suppositi” (1474-1533). Anonymous ballad which was circulating earlier in London “A Merry Jest of a Shrewede and a Curste Wyfe” (printed 1550) and another Anonymous play: “The Taming of a Shrew” (1594) entered in the Stationer’s Register in 2nd May, 1594 with some of the influence of the Italian Commedia dell’arte. A similar version was performed at court in January 1579 entitled “A Moral of the Marriage of Mynde and Measure” written by Edwarde Vere. For comparison one should also examine John Fletcher’s own response to the marriage problem posed by the Queen “The Tamer, Tamed” (The Woman’s Prize-1611) whose alternative text attempts to set the record straight at least from a feminist perspective. I suggested he published this satire in order to lampoon and parody the numerous suitors, (namely Sir Christopher Hatton) and the potentiality of a marriage of Queen Elizabeth Ist to an English aristocrat.
The links to my publications “Shakespeare’s Qaballah”, a Companion to Shakespeare Studies and my anthology of poetry, “Pathenogenesis” are as follows: