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Question Concerning Measure for Measure
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1550  Thursday, 19 August 2004

[1]     From:   Peter Bridgman <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 18 Aug 2004 19:12:58 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1545 Question Concerning Measure for Measure

[2]     From:   Rolland Banker <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 18 Aug 2004 23:16:13 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   SHK 15.1528 Question Concerning Measure for Measure/ of Salt?


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From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 Aug 2004 19:12:58 +0100
Subject: 15.1545 Question Concerning Measure for Measure
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1545 Question Concerning Measure for Measure

Bill Lloyd writes ...

 >I haven't seen the essay forthcoming in "Shakespeare and the
 >Mediterranean", but I believe the argument is made there that Measure
 >for Measure was not originally set in Vienna, but in I forget which
 >Italian city.  Perhaps we should seek for a St Luke's there.  Any
 >Italian geographers out there? Anyone know which city?

An Italian setting makes a lot of sense given the names of the
characters (Vincentio, Angelo, Claudio, Isabella, Lucio, Mariana,
Francesca).  However, I doubt if WS had a specific location in mind as
his knowledge of Italian geography was dreadful.

The first scene of Two Gentlemen of Verona gives the impression that it
is possible to travel by sea from Verona to Milan.  Milan is again a
seaport in the Tempest.  And neither of the two plays set in Venice
mention canals.

Peter Bridgman

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From:           Rolland Banker <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 Aug 2004 23:16:13 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Question Concerning Measure for Measure/ of Salt?
Comment:        SHK 15.1528 Question Concerning Measure for Measure/ of Salt?

To engage the debate, I Googled, and voil

 

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