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Re: St. Crispin's Day
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2136  Monday, 28 October 2002

[1]     From:   Phil Rogers <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 11:30:38 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2135 St. Crispin's Day

[2]     From:   Terri Bourus <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Oct 2002 12:13:26 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 13.2135 St. Crispin's Day

[3]     From:   Matt Henerson <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Oct 2002 13:23:54 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2135 St. Crispin's Day

[4]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Saturday, 26 Oct 2002 01:06:18 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2135 St. Crispin's Day

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        Date:   Saturday, 26 Oct 2002 20:37:36 +0100 (BST)
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From:           Phil Rogers <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 11:30:38 -0400
Subject: 13.2135 St. Crispin's Day
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2135 St. Crispin's Day

Al Magary asked,

>Were these French or Roman saints as popular as that in Protestant
>England?

There was a story that the two saintly shoemakers fled to Faversham, and
there was an altar to them in the parish church there.  No doubt that's
how they got into Henry V.  The Henry plays have numerous references to
places on the London-Dover road.

Phil Rogers,
Queen's University

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From:           Terri Bourus <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Oct 2002 12:13:26 -0500
Subject: 13.2135 St. Crispin's Day
Comment:        RE: SHK 13.2135 St. Crispin's Day

Thanks for the reminder that today is St. Crispin's Day!

"Protestant" England was still very "catholic" during Shakespeare's time
and the liturgical calendar WAS the calendar. Besides that, H5 himself
was deeply Catholic and reigned over a medieval catholic country. The
English population would have been very aware of the significance of
Saints' Days (no matter the particular saint's country of origin) during
both periods.  Perhaps the reference to saints who were brothers as well
as commoners, would mean something to the men that Henry was about to
lead into battle.

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Date:           Friday, 25 Oct 2002 13:23:54 EDT
Subject: 13.2135 St. Crispin's Day
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2135 St. Crispin's Day

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Here is an invitation tangentially related to this thread.  The
Independent Shakespeare Company is producing a 10-person "Henry V" at
the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.  The show runs Monday and Tuesday
nights from now until November 26.  More information is available at
www.independentshakespeare.com, or you are welcome to email me
(
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Matt Henerson

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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Saturday, 26 Oct 2002 01:06:18 +0100
Subject: 13.2135 St. Crispin's Day
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2135 St. Crispin's Day

Hmmmm...

Surely the point of the Crispin guff is that no-one in the audience
would have known what Henry was talking about, just as they don't now?
Wouldn't there have been a somewhat uncomfortable shuffling in the
seats, and glancing at one's neighbour.

It's an irony - Henry is harping on memories reflecting back from the
future, but in the future itself, memory is experienced as incomplete,
faulty, an unreliable receptacle for the national myth... It is one of
several emphases on Henry

 

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