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Re: Pride and Beheading
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1785  Thursday, 21 October 1999.

[1]     From:   Matthew Steggle <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Oct 1999 17:31:34 +0100 (BST)
        Subj:   Beheaded Relatives

[2]     From:   Thomas Cartelli <
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        Date:   Thursday, 21 Oct 1999 09:23:14 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1756 Q: Pride and Beheading


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From:           Matthew Steggle <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Oct 1999 17:31:34 +0100 (BST)
Subject:        Beheaded Relatives

In response to the enquiry about celebrating your beheaded relatives: I
bumped into this passage yesterday.  It's Thomas Platter talking about
how people were proud of seeing their relatives' heads displayed on
London Bridge.  I don't have the primary reference, but it gets
discussed in William Carroll, Fat King, Lean Beggar (1996).

All the best,
  Matt

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From:           Thomas Cartelli <
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Date:           Thursday, 21 Oct 1999 09:23:14 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 10.1756 Q: Pride and Beheading
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1756 Q: Pride and Beheading

Dear Sean:

The observation is Thomas Platter's and refers to the heads of immediate
descendents impaled on London Bridge.  Where Platter would have expected
his interlocutors to be shamed by the prospect, they were instead
proud.  An easy place to find Platter's remark is in William Rye, ed.,
England as Viewed (Described?) by Foreigners.

                        Tom Cartelli
 

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