Who was Shakespeare’s Falstaff? Was he a fictitious character or a real person? Some see him as Sir John Fastolf who fought at the Battle of Patay against Joan of Arc…a battle England lost…and one in which he was one of only a few leaders to avoid death or capture during the battle. Or was he possibly John Oldcastle who was executed for his beliefs? Shakespeare has Prince Hal, in Henry IV, refer to Falstaff as “my old lad of the castle.” It was believed that Shakespeare had originally planned to use the name John Oldcastle, but the respected Oldcastle family forced him to change the name. Falstaff ends up as a “meaty” and cowardly knight who leads the apparently “weak-willed” future king, Prince Hal, into trouble. Before his career is over, Falstaff will appear in three of Shakespeare’s plays; Henry IV, part 1; Henry IV, part 2, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. One will never know for certain who he really was in real life. Perhaps only a personality type we all encounter in our lives…a witty and humorous person with amusing antics, who has an amusing way of expressing deeply felt beliefs and a tendency to influence others who are the more serious decision makers; the “clown” who has a way with people and gets his way at the expense of others without having to face the consequences of his behavior.
Horse Brass: Falstaff
Horse Brass: Falstaff.
Made by ARMAC Brassworks, Birmingham, England.
Hand cast using only the finest British brass.
Casting mix consists of pure first-run ingot brass with a high amount of pure copper for superior color.
Hand filed after casting to remove any rough edges.
Hand polished to enhance the natural beauty of quality brass.
ARMAC Brassworks has been creating quality brassware for more than 75 years.