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Re: Women's Roles
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1701  Thursday, 7 September 2000.

From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Wednesday, 06 Sep 2000 14:28:02 -0400
Subject: 11.1693 Re: Women's Roles
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1693 Re: Women's Roles

As far as I recall, no one has yet brought up the possibility of
castration used as a method of keeping the male voice from maturing.  As
late as the 19th century in Italy, some young male singers were
castrated so that they could continue to sing female parts.  Is there
any evidence that castration was used in 16th-17th century England for a
similar purpose?

Yours, Bill Godshalk

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