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Roderigo Lopez

(d. 1594) physician and alleged conspirator


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A Jewish physician to Queen Elizabeth, hanged for conspiracy in a plot against her in 1594. Graziano's statement that Shylock's ‘currish spirit/Governed a wolf … hanged for human slaughter’ (Merchant of Venice, iv. i. 132–3), is sometimes interpreted as an allusion to him.

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