The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0586 Tuesday, 30 March 1999.
Date: Monday, 29 Mar 1999 09:19:06 -0800
Subject: Speaking of hedges, what exactly is a hedge-priest?
We need a theologically-minded historian for this one. Shakespeare has
a hedge-priest in Two Gents, giving the impression that they were rural,
incompetent, and perhaps illiterate; and I was wondering if Sir Oliver
Martext was one. Why is he lesser nobility? And why "hedge-PRIEST"?
My OED is at home and I am at the office at the moment, but someone on
the list should be able to give us the benefit of specific knowledge.