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Re: Ages of Puberty
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1843  Thursday, 28 October 1999.

[1]     From:   Hannibal Hamlin <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 27 Oct 1999 10:07:32 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1830 Ages of Puberty

[2]     From:   Stephen Hazell <
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        Date:   Thursday, 28 Oct 1999 10:37:15 +0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 10.1838 Re: Ages of Puberty


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From:           Hannibal Hamlin <
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Date:           Wednesday, 27 Oct 1999 10:07:32 EDT
Subject: 10.1830 Ages of Puberty
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1830 Ages of Puberty

There are probably more authoritative and/or recent sources, but there
is some discussion of puberty in connection with the question of when
boys' voices changed in David Wulstan's monograph on Tudor Music (I
can't recall the exact title; something like "Tudor Music").  Wulstan's
argument that puberty/the voice change was quite late (around 18) has
had much influence on the performance of Tudor music (as in the use of
girls rather than boys in his own group, The Clerkes of Oxenford).  I'm
not sure about its scholarly/historical validity, though.  I recall
being rather suspicious of some of the sources cited in his notes.
Still, even today, conductors of boy choirs can attest to the shrinking
age of puberty in boys, which is now as low as 12 or 13 (it used to be
14 in my day).  What the explanation might be, I don't know.

Hannibal Hamlin
Renaissance Studies
Yale

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From:           Stephen Hazell <
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Date:           Thursday, 28 Oct 1999 10:37:15 +0800
Subject: 10.1838 Re: Ages of Puberty
Comment:        RE: SHK 10.1838 Re: Ages of Puberty

And just to add to John Drakakis's message, there is an up-dated version
of the Peter Laslett book called, somewhat awkwardly, The World We Have
Lost Further Explored.

Stephen Hazell
Singapore
 

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