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Second-Best Beds (Continued...) (66)
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 37. Thursday, 30 Aug 1990.
 
 
(1)   Date:         Thu, 30 Aug 90 16:22:01 EDT              (11 lines)
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      Subject:      Second-Best Bed (Continued)
 
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      From:   Steve Urkowitz <SURCC@CUNYVM>
      Subject:      Re: SHK 1.0034  Query: Shakespeare's Will  (21)
 
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Subject:      Second-Best Bed (Continued)
 
 
With my apologies, I attach two responses to the "second-best bed"
question which did not reach me in time for last night's digest.
 
                                         Ken Steele
                                         University of Toronto
 
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Subject: 1.0034  Query: Shakespeare's Will  (21)
Comment:      Re: SHK 1.0034  Query: Shakespeare's Will  (21)
 
Re: Shakespeare's "second best bed" for Anne Hathaway.  I have heard
that the second best bed would indeed be appropriate since it was the
marriage bed rather than the "guest bed," also the "first" best bed.
Does that sound logical to Renaissance ears?
 
                                            [Hardin Aasand]
 
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Date:   Thu, 30 Aug 90 11:33:25 EDT
From:   Steve Urkowitz <SURCC@CUNYVM>
Subject: 1.0034  Query: Shakespeare's Will  (21)
Comment:      Re: SHK 1.0034  Query: Shakespeare's Will  (21)
 
I remember a speculation, perhaps transmitted in one of Schoenbaum's
tomes, that the "best bed" might be the one kept for company while the
second-best would be the one shared connubially by Ma an' Pa Shaxper.
I offer this only as an example of where speculation may drag an
investigator.  But in passing, may I recommend Carmen Luke, *PEDAGOGY,
PRINTING, AND PROTESTANTISM: THE DISCOURSE ON CHILDHOOD* (SUNY Press,
1989) as a source of interesting material and references.  I'm just
beginning it, but the tone and attitude towards evidence is
refreshing.
 
I'd like to hear more about other work being done on Renaissance
women.  Also, Donald Foster of Vassar is finishing up a rich
anthology of women's writing from c.1100 to c.1660.  Tickle him
for an early look at samples.
 
                                         [Steve Urkowitz
                                          CUNY Graduate Center]
 

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