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Re: Cornish Curates
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0450  Monday, 26 February 2001

From:           Susan Oldrieve <
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Date:           Saturday, 24 Feb 2001 4:01:16 GMT
Subject: 12.0420 Cornish Curates
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0420 Cornish Curates

When the Anglo-Saxons entered the British Isles, some of the Cornish
Romanized elites migrated to Brittany (until then called Armorica).
Perhaps this passage is a reference to that migration.  If the Cornish
curate resided in Brittany, he could come from across the sea.

One would need to know whether the playwright would have known the
history of that migration.  But the study of Anglo-Saxon texts began
with the Reformation, so by 1652, the history of the migration of such
people as Cornish curates to Brittany might have been common knowledge.

Just a guess.

Susan Oldrieve
Baldwin-Wallace College.
 

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