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Early Modern View of Literary Study
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1621  Friday, 15 August 2003

From:           Thomas Larque <
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Date:           Thursday, 14 Aug 2003 23:23:10 +0100
Subject:        Early Modern View of Literary Study

The British magazine "History Today" has an entertaining Early Modern
judgement on Literary Study as the introduction to an article on
"Hunting, Hawking and the Early Tudor Gentleman".  Volume 53 (8) August
2003: 21-27.

"By God's Body I would rather that my son should hang than study
literature.  It behoves the sons of gentlemen to blow horn calls
correctly, to hunt skilfully, to train a hawk well and carry it
elegantly.  But the study of literature should be left to clodhoppers"
(comment from an anonymous gentleman to Richard Pace, 1517).

Since SHAKSPER is full of ungentlemanly literature-loving clodhoppers
like myself, I thought this might be of interest.

Thomas Larque.
"Shakespeare and His Critics"
http://shakespearean.org.uk

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