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Re: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Names
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1498  Thursday, 14 June 2001

From:           Abdulla Al-Dabbagh <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Jun 2001 09:47:28 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 12.1439 Re: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Names
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1439 Re: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Names

There is a very interesting article, "Hamlet and the Infinite Universe",
by Peter Usher, available online:
http://www.astro.psu.edu/users/usher/R_PS.htm which argues that Hamlet
"contains an allegorical description of the competition between two
cosmological models: the Infinite Sun-centered universe of Thomas Digges
(c. 1546-1595) of England, and a hybrid Earth-centered model of Tycho
Brahe (1546-1601) of Denmark". In the middle of his paper, Usher makes
these relevant remarks:

In 1590 the English scholar Thomas Savile received a letter from Tycho
asking to be remembered to Digges. Tycho went on to suggest that some
excellent English poets might compose witty epigrams in praise of him
and his work. He also sent four copies of a portrait of himself that
showed him standing under a stone arch that featured the family shield
of his great-great-grandparents Sophie Gyldenstierne and Erik
Rosenkrantz .

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