Hamnet's Death and That Whole Season
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1860 Thursday, 25 September 2003
From: Abigail Quart <
Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2003 00:42:42 -0400
Subject: Query: Hamnet's Death and That Whole Season
Ian Wilson's Shakespeare: The Evidence speculates that Hamnet died of
plague since his death was in August. But no one else in the family
died. Was that likely? Only one in the household to become infected and
die? Has anyone done a study of the deaths that summer in Stratford?
Especially of children? Was there any mention of odd weather, perhaps?
Any ideas where to look?
Also, was it likely or unlikely that Shakespeare would have been present
for the funeral or death or both? The Lord Chamberlain, his company's
patron, died in late July. In September, Burbage bought Blackfriars.
Seems like the company had a lot to discuss that summer. Would they have
stayed in London to do it? How long was the trip to Stratford?
If Shakespeare was not home for the death and/or funeral of his son, how
would he have been informed? How soon? Would a family member have made
the trip to tell him? What was the custom?
Exposing my ignorance. Please help me, don't hit me.
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