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The Wedding Legend for MND
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0601  Thursday, 4 March 2004

From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Wednesday, 3 Mar 2004 15:28:03 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 15.0571 The Wedding Legend for MND
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0571 The Wedding Legend for MND

I appreciate the responses I've had on the wedding legend for Midsummer
Night's Dream. What is striking is the absence of early documentary
evidence. One of the previous contributors noted origins for the legend
in the early nineteenth century. Has anyone any theory as to why such
legends begin? The wedding story seems something like a Shakespearean
"urban legend."

Jack Heller
Huntington College

 >On this, people might like to look at David Wiles, Shakespeare's Almanac
 >(D S Brewer, 1993), who suggests the marriage of Elizabeth Carey and
 >Thomas Berkeley  on 19 February, 1596. I'm not necessarily persuaded -
 >but it's another contribution to the debate.
 >
 >David Lindley

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