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Bear-Baiting
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0339  Friday, 6 February 2004

[1]     From:   Anne Shirey <
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        Date:   Thursday, 5 Feb 2004 11:56:24 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0320 Bear-Baiting

[2]     From:   HR Greenberg <
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        Date:   Thursday, 5 Feb 2004 14:15:27 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0320 Bear-Baiting

[3]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Thursday, 5 Feb 2004 19:17:05 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0320 Bear-Baiting

[4]     From:   Frank Whigham <
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        Date:   Thursday, 05 Feb 2004 14:40:27 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0320 Bear-Baiting

[5]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Thursday, 05 Feb 2004 15:50:38 -0500
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From:           Anne Shirey <
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Date:           Thursday, 5 Feb 2004 11:56:24 EST
Subject: 15.0320 Bear-Baiting
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0320 Bear-Baiting

 >I'm assuming the dogs were bred for the purpose

Hippolyta and Theseus speak of the sport; Hippolyta fondly remembers
being with Hercules and Cadmus once during this sport - they used
"Hounds of Sparta"; Theseus himself breeds the Spartan dogs for the sport.

Anne Shirey
Producing Director
The Bullshed Theatre Project
http://www.geocities.com/bullshedtheatre/

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From:           HR Greenberg <
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Date:           Thursday, 5 Feb 2004 14:15:27 EST
Subject: 15.0320 Bear-Baiting
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0320 Bear-Baiting

One source albeit fictional would be NOTHING LIKE THE SUN, Anthony
Burgess' book about Shakespeare, which describes the atmosphere around
the Globe, as I recall, as saturated with the smell of blood and offal
from the blood sports adjacent to it. Probably know this already, but
all those streets named little bear lane etc around the Globe reflect
the sport. I'm sure you can go to the web on this, but I seem to
remember there have been several books about the Elizabethan underground
and gambling practices. Best. HR Greenberg MD ENDIT

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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Thursday, 5 Feb 2004 19:17:05 -0000
Subject: 15.0320 Bear-Baiting
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0320 Bear-Baiting

Arthur MacGregor, "The Household Out of Doors: The Stuart Court and the
Animcal Kingdom", E. Cruickshanks, ed., The Stuart Courts (Sutton 2000)

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From:           Frank Whigham <
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Date:           Thursday, 05 Feb 2004 14:40:27 -0600
Subject: 15.0320 Bear-Baiting
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0320 Bear-Baiting

Check the Sidney Lee essay on bear and bull-baiting and cock-fighting in
Shakespeare's England, 2. 428-36.

Frank Whigham

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Date:           Thursday, 05 Feb 2004 15:50:38 -0500
Subject: 15.0320 Bear-Baiting
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0320 Bear-Baiting

As I remember, there's a chapter on bearbaiting in Shakespeare's Clown :
Actor and Text in the Elizabethan Playhouse by David Wiles

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