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The Double Life of Doctor Lopez (edition 2004)

by Dominic Green

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Born a crypto-Jew in Portugal in 1525, Roderigo Lopez studied medicine in Spain before moving to London in 1559. A talented surgeon, Lopez soon rose to prominence at court, displaying a capacity for intrigue and espionage. In the service of spy networks, he became deeply entwined in English foreign policy. When the 1st Earl of Essex was poisoned to death, Lopez numbered amongs those suspected. But in 1586, undeterred by the scandal, he was appointed personal physician to the Queen. However, Lopez was financially over-extended and became so desperate he embarked on a high-risk enterprise as freelance diplomat and spymaster, contacting the Spanish in an attempt to se up peace talks. Suspicious of Lopez, the 2nd Earl of Essex began an investigation. The case against Lopez was damning with stories of botched abortions and murder, sa houses and mail drops, double agents and triple identities. Lacking vital corroboration of his story by the Spanish, and despite the Queen's support, amidst an atmosphere of anti-Semitism stirred up by Essex, Lopez was hung drawn and quartered in 1594. He protested his loyalty and Christianity to the last, and provided the young Shakespeare with inspiration… (more)
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Title:The Double Life of Doctor Lopez
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The Double Life of Doctor Lopez: Spies, Shakespeare and the Plot to Poison Elizabeth I by Dominic Green

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The double life of Doctor Lopez by Dominic Green 330 lit 22/9/12
They always asked the question of how Shakespeare wrote the Merchant of Venice when there were no Jews in England at the time. This book gives the answer.
This book explains aspects of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice as well as the situation of Morrano Jews in England and other countries that they had fled to. This was a period when England was at war with Spain and Jews were prepared to spy on Spain for her enemies. Francis Drake had information and was able to destroy the Spanish Armada because of Jewish agents in Spain.
There were many plays that the Merchant of Venice was based on including Marlowe's Jew of Malta. Shakespeare adapted this to the times.
Shakespeare's play has a trial in it and references to the wolf (latin lupus). Dr Lopez was a morrano who fled Spain and Portugal and supported Don Antonio who was pretender to the Portuguese throne and had asylum in England he had Jewish relatives and mixed in those circles.
Dr. Lopez made money off the Spanish king by acting as a double agent as if he would organize peace arrangement encouraged secretly by the Cecils
The Cecils and Lord Essex were competing for positions under the queen and when Lopez's scandal came out he was a hot potato as he appeared to be in the pay of the King of Spain. He was accused of planning the poison Elizabeth 1.
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Born a crypto-Jew in Portugal in 1525, Roderigo Lopez studied medicine in Spain before moving to London in 1559. A talented surgeon, Lopez soon rose to prominence at court, displaying a capacity for intrigue and espionage. In the service of spy networks, he became deeply entwined in English foreign policy. When the 1st Earl of Essex was poisoned to death, Lopez numbered amongs those suspected. But in 1586, undeterred by the scandal, he was appointed personal physician to the Queen. However, Lopez was financially over-extended and became so desperate he embarked on a high-risk enterprise as freelance diplomat and spymaster, contacting the Spanish in an attempt to se up peace talks. Suspicious of Lopez, the 2nd Earl of Essex began an investigation. The case against Lopez was damning with stories of botched abortions and murder, sa houses and mail drops, double agents and triple identities. Lacking vital corroboration of his story by the Spanish, and despite the Queen's support, amidst an atmosphere of anti-Semitism stirred up by Essex, Lopez was hung drawn and quartered in 1594. He protested his loyalty and Christianity to the last, and provided the young Shakespeare with inspiration

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