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Re: Maps of Shakespeare's Plays
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0398  Monday, 8 March 1999.

[1]     From:   Stephanie Hughes <
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        Date:   Saturday, 06 Mar 1999 08:37:01 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0391 Maps of Shakespeare's Plays

[2]     From:   Peter T. Hadorn <
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        Date:   Sunday, 07 Mar 1999 14:49:39 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 10.0391 Maps of Shakespeare's Plays

[3]     From:   Louis Marder <
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        Date:   Sun, 7 Mar 1999 17:51:23 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0391 Maps of Shakespeare's Plays


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From:           Stephanie Hughes <
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Date:           Saturday, 06 Mar 1999 08:37:01 +0000
Subject: 10.0391 Maps of Shakespeare's Plays
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0391 Maps of Shakespeare's Plays

>Nonetheless, I think it's helpful, especially for the
>newcomer to Shakespeare, to see Bohemia on a map, and therefore see that
>it has no coastline. Because I couldn't find such a map, I made one (or
>rather two: one for Great Britain and another for everywhere else).

The point has been argued, to what conclusion, if any, I don't recall,
that in Shakespeare's time, the English concept of Bohemia was much
larger than ours today and it did border the water. (Notice our use of
the term "Bohemian" for gypsies, or anyone with gypsylike behavior.)

In any case, a map of Shakespeare's world would have to be based on 16th
century English maps, or maps that would have been the ones that 16th
century English had access to, to be of real value.

Stephanie Hughes

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From:           Peter T. Hadorn <
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Date:           Sunday, 07 Mar 1999 14:49:39 -0600
Subject: 10.0391 Maps of Shakespeare's Plays
Comment:        RE: SHK 10.0391 Maps of Shakespeare's Plays

Regarding maps that depict the settings for Shakespeare's plays:  about
15 years ago I bought Isaac Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare (I'm not sure
of the name of the book but it's by Asimov) and he had maps in the
book.  I no longer have the book so I can't be more detailed.

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From:           Louis Marder <
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Date:           Sun, 7 Mar 1999 17:51:23 -0600
Subject: 10.0391 Maps of Shakespeare's Plays
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0391 Maps of Shakespeare's Plays

March 7, 1999---

Dear Ray:  Somewhere in my archives I have two or three maps of
Shakespeare's plays - maybe four.  I got them in  the early 50's.  They
are posters about 20 x 24 and show England, Scotland...Italy.  They are
not very detailed, but they are OK for classrooms.  If you get no
further replies, let me know.  They may take me an hour to find.  Louis
Marder, Shakespeare Data Bank  
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