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Re: WT and Sheep
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1161  Wednesday, 18 November 1998.

[1]     From:   Roy Flannagan <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 Nov 1998 09:32:03 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.1152  WT and Sheep

[2]     From:   Nora Kreimer <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 Nov 1998 21:23:13 -0300
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.1152  WT and Sheep


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From:           Roy Flannagan <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Nov 1998 09:32:03 -0500
Subject: 9.1152  WT and Sheep
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1152  WT and Sheep

I answer this as a one-time sheep farmer.  The wool from sheering 1500
sheep, then and now, would make a large chunk of income, possibly about
$5000 in today's U.S. currency.  1500 sheep would be an enormous herd
for one person to manage, then or now, and it would require the
full-time services of at least two shepherds, probably on shifts, with a
nightmare at lambing time.  The Clown, if he isn't lying, would be a
wealthy farmer.  The mature lamb, after sheering, would be worth as much
as about forty pounds of lamb (the meat) would be worth, possibly $100 -
120 for today's shepherd.

British shepherds might have a better market for wool or for meat, but
farmers I have talked to locally in southeastern Ohio, still say "Sheep
pays you twice," once at sheering time and once at slaughter.

Roy Flannagan

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From:           Nora Kreimer <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Nov 1998 21:23:13 -0300
Subject: 9.1152  WT and Sheep
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1152  WT and Sheep

I have found the Pastons' letters useful on the subject of prices in the
15th century. Also, perhaps you might try Fernand Braudel in
CIVILIZATION & CAPITALISM -15TH -18TH CENTURY, 1979.Harper & Row,
Puvblishers, New York (3 vols).

Try hard! You might get a cheaper price for your sheep!

Regards
Nora Kreimer

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