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Re: Diet and Size
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0874.  Tuesday, 1 November 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Don Weingust <
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        Date:   Sunday, 30 Oct 1994 11:42:37 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0868 Re: Diet/Size
 
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        Date:   Sunday, 30 Oct 1994 23:56:11 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Size and Diet
 
 
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Date:           Sunday, 30 Oct 1994 11:42:37 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 5.0868 Re: Diet/Size
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0868 Re: Diet/Size
 
To John Cox,
 
This is not to say our species has not grown closer to the clouds, but I wonder
if we may take at face value the Mayflower replica's explanation for increasing
scale.  Perhaps there are students of marine architectural history that may
further enlighten, but even in this century, economies of floating real-estate
seem to argue for close quarters in all but the most luxurious vessels.  At
about avg. height, I've still felt extremely cramped in both private sailboat
and WWII German U-Boat (as displayed in Chicago, reported to have been
intentionally staffed w/ small-statured sailors).
 
Don Weingust
 
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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Sunday, 30 Oct 1994 23:56:11 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Size and Diet
 
Just as this thread began, I read in Peter Thomson's SHAKESPEARE PROFESSIONAL
CAREER (1994) 3, "The poor, whose diet had steadily deteriorated through the
sixteenth century, were starving in 1597." But the comment about "great ones"
was not aimed at the poor, but at figures like Henry VIII who were indeed great
in size. Wasn't Henry at least 6 foot tall, and at his greatest over 350
pounds? What we need is a list of aristocracy and royalty plus body size in
order to judge this observation. How "great" were they?
 
Yours for healthful eating, Bill Godshalk
 

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