Note to King Lear, 3.4.144: "Modo he's call'd, and Mahu"


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Act 3, Scene 4, line 144

Modo he's call'd, and Mahu Devils from Samuel Harsnett's Declaration of Egregious Popish Impostures (1603); the frequent borrowings from Harsnett in King Lear (such as Flibbertigibbet, line 115 and Smulkin, line 140) set the earliest composition date for the play.



The devil attacking a window—
a detail from St Anthony the Hermit by Matthias Grunewald (c.1470-1528)
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