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Re: Shakespeare and German
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0750  Tuesday, 11 April 2000.

From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Apr 2000 16:42:32 +0100
Subject: 11.0746 Re: Shakespeare and German
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0746 Re: Shakespeare and German

Jack Heller wrote

>A colleague asked me today whether there are any German settings or
>characters in any plays by Shakespeare or his contemporaries. Other than the references to Wittenburg in Hamlet, I can't think of major >inclusion of Germany in the drama. Can you?

There was a German against whom an Englishman fought for a maiden
(losingly, until the German became too drunk to defend his "prize") in
an unknown play seen by Swiss visitor Thomas Platter at either the
Curtain or the Boar's Head in late 1599. In the current issue of Notes &
Queries I argue for the Boar's Head being the venue and explain the
oddness of Platter's account by his lack of English and his attending
the playhouse alone. The account is interesting also because Platter
refers to "die Zelten" (the tents), and since Platter could only report
what he saw (knowing no English) the stage must have used tent-like
structures.

Gabriel Egan
 

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