Just scanning the site, and the material about Shakespeare and Italy, it may be relevant to the line you want to run that Shakespeare must have read Italian to a fairly high level. We can say this with some certainty because the prime source for ‘Othello’, Cinthio, had not been translated into English when Shakespeare wrote the play.
The Shakespeare Code would like to thank Prof. Womersley, who is also a Fellow of the British Academy, for his interest.
DAVID WOMERSLEY, THOMAS WHARTON PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY WRITES:
March 23, 2011 by Stewart Trotter