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Reply Mon 15 Mar, 2010 10:58 am
In which play does Shakespeare make reference that red-headed people were untrustworthy, an idea which possibly arose from the tradition that Judas had red hair?
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 15 Mar, 2010 02:55 pm
That was in Romeo and Judas Iscariot . . .
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George
 
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Reply Mon 15 Mar, 2010 03:11 pm
@sophocles,
As You Like It
Act 3, Scene 4

ROSALIND.
His very hair is of the dissembling colour.

CELIA.
Something browner than Judas's: marry, his kisses are Judas's own
children.

ROSALIND.
I' faith, his hair is of a good colour.

CELIA.
An excellent colour: your chestnut was ever the only colour.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Tue 16 Mar, 2010 07:12 am
Considering that Queen Elizabeth was a redhead as was her father, that was pretty dicey commentary from someone like Shakespeare who knew how important it was to walk the politically straight and narrow.

Menelaus is described in the Iliad as the "redheaded captain."
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