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Re: Cornish Curates
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0440  Friday, 23 February 2001

From:           Brother Anthony <
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Date:           Friday, 23 Feb 2001 11:16:14 +0900
Subject: 12.0437 Re: Cornish Curates
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0437 Re: Cornish Curates

I would suggest that since Cornwall was remote and poor, impecunious
priests from Cornwall would have been particularly available to serve as
'curates' -- the poorly paid replacements for the official holders of
benefices who were absentees, taking the money while not doing the job.
Across the sea? Well, I'm Cornish and when I was a child, we used to
call the people from Devonshire and all points eastward 'foreigners.'
The first bridge across the Tamar was a long way up in those days
(Tavistock?), and if you were living on the south coast of Cornwall you
would certainly have taken a boat to cross the sea to Plymouth...

Br Anthony
Sogang University, Seoul, Korea
(most Cornishmen live abroad)
 

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