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Re: Shakespeare and Indianapolis Sinking
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1677  Tuesday, 23 July 2002

From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Monday, 22 Jul 2002 14:03:52 +0100
Subject: 13.1663 Shakespeare and Indianapolis Sinking
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1663 Shakespeare and Indianapolis Sinking

Dr Olson is probably right about the Elsinore connection with the
supernova (or it may have been the comet of 1577), although not
necessarily for the reasons he believes.  As has been pointed out
several times before, Shakespeare probably took the names Rosencrantz
and Guildenstern from the engraved title page (or is the frontispiece?)
to one of Tycho Brahe's books - Tycho was descended from both
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern!  It is not impossible that Shakespeare
actually read the book.

John Briggs

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