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Q: St. Crispin's Day
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0375.  Thursday, 20 March 1997.

From:           Michael Friedman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 19 Mar 1997 14:21:14 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        St. Crispin's Day

SHAKSPERians,

I have a question for the group.  I'm in the middle of the research for
a project on *Henry V* that involves the Crispin Crispian speech.  It
seems to me significant that Shakespeare chooses to emphasize so heavily
the detail from Holinshed that the Battle of Agincourt took place on
what Henry calls Saint Crispin's Day.  I fully expected that some
scholar would have written an article on this topic, but after poring
through the Garland Annotated Bibliography of *Henry V* and the annual
issues of the *World Shakespeare Bibliography*, as well as the MLA on
CD-Rom, I have not been able to locate any treatments of this issue.  Is
there anyone out there who knows, or can point me in the direction of a
source that discusses, why Shakespeare might have chosen to emphasize
this date so insistently?  Were there any particular associations
connected with this "holiday" that might have been significant for the
original audience?  Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

        Michael Friedman
        University of Scranton
        
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