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Re: Blackfriars 1599-1608
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0471  Wednesday, 11 March 2003

From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Mar 2003 08:53:59 -0000
Subject: Blackfriars 1599-1608
Comment:        SHK 14.0455 Blackfriars 1599-1608

>In Nicholas Breton's writing he often would sign
>"from my chamber at Black Fryers"  My assumption is that he does not
>mean the theatre or the location of the Gate House purchased by
>Shakespeare and others in 1613.

Why?

He clearly lived in Blackfriars - the little district just inside the
city wall, in the south-western corner. Today you can identify the area
easily - there is Blackfriars Bridge; Blackfriars Railway Station;
Blackfriars Court; Blackfriars Passage; even a Blackfriars Underpass.
The Postal code is EC4.

There are other Blackfriars districts in other towns and cities (named
after the dwellings of Dominican Friars), but Breton was born and lived
in London, except for his period of study in Oxford.

martin

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