Why IS Falstaff fat?
He was originally called Sir John Oldcastle – till the Cobham Family complained to Queen Elizabeth. Oldcastle was their ancestor – and Shakespeare – in the pay of the Earl of Essex – was sending him up.
(Essex and the Cobham family were mortal enemies. Essex nick-named Lord Cobham ‘The Sycophant’)
Oldcastle was a Lollard – a proto-Protestant who died for his faith. It’s hardly likely that he would be a con-man and a boozer.
Similarly with the historical Sir John Falstaff – who the character was next named….
He was a coward, but not, as far as we know, a bon-vivant….
John Aubrey records how Shakespeare would sometimes base his characters on real people – and The Shakespeare Code firmly believes that this is the case with Fat Knight.
It believes that William Beeston – Thomas Nashe’s Mr. A[is Lapis – was the model for Falstaff – and that he lived at Posbrook Farm in Titchfield.
To read ‘Why Falstaff is Fat’, please click: HERE
And to read ‘The Strange Case of Mr. Apis Lapis’, please click: HERE