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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Names
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1425  Friday, 8 June 2001

From:           Tom Simone <
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Date:           Thursday, 07 Jun 2001 13:46:20 -0400
Subject:        Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Names

A question has come to my attention from an advanced student concerning
the names of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. G. R. Hibbard cites Bullough
that Elizabeth's ambassador to the Danish coronation in 1588 met
Rosencrantzes and Guidlensterns in court circles and that there for
these were normal Danish names.

However, one student suggested that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern seemed
to him to be Jewish names.  I don't have any support for this but would
welcome any comment about the possibility.

Thanks for any advice,

Tom Simone
Univesity of Vermont

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