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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0433  Monday, 16 February 2004

From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Friday, 13 Feb 2004 07:42:32 -0500
Subject: 15.0413 More on "In Search of Shakespeare"
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0413 More on "In Search of Shakespeare"

 >>And how many years after the poet's death did the building collapse?
 >>Does anyone have more details?
 >
 >I think what gets lost here in all the excitement is the word "adjacent."
 >
 >Tom R

I didn't see the TV show, but I read about this incident in David
Quint's Epic and Empire. I'm surprised Wood didn't mention the
connection to Milton or that "one Sunday" was Guy Fawkes day.

"On October 26, 1623, a Catholic chapel attached to the French
ambassador's house in the Blackfriars district of London collapsed
during a celebration of the Mass. .Jesuit Robert Drury..and ninety-five
worshipers died. [It was called the] "Fatal Vespers" [and it]
corresponded, according to the Catholics' own new Gregorian calendar, to
November 5, Guy Fawkes Day" (278).

According to my notes, Quint quotes someone named Clarke saying: "Truly
then we may deny all providence, and attribute all to chance: but add
hereto, that this fel upon their fifth of November, and it will be as
clear as if written with a Sun-beam, that the pit which they digged for
others, they themselves fell into it" (279), and he connects the
incident with Milton's poem In Quintum Novembris.

Clifford Stetner
CUNY

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