Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0859. Thursday, 27 October 1994.
From: Fran Teague <
Date: Wednesday, 26 Oct 94 10:22:57 EDT
Subject: 5.0850 Re: Boys and Women's Roles
Comment: Re: SHK 5.0850 Re: Boys and Women's Roles
Re diet and size: At the UMd Attending to Women conference last spring, the
issue came up memorably for me in a seminar. Discussing the relative size of
royalty, one of the historians present pointed out that since aristocrats
ate protein every day and had an even higher standard of living than non-
aristocrats, they grew taller and larger. The example he mentioned is
Henry VIII. What has made the point memorable for me was the realization
that the phrase "great ones" was not metaphoric but literal: the well-to-do
and powerful were larger than members of the working class.