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Birthday Parties in Early Modern England
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1566  Monday, 23 August 2004

[1]     From:   John W. Kennedy <
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        Date:   Friday, 20 Aug 2004 14:01:47 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1552 Birthday Parties in Early Modern England

[2]     From:   Matthew Steggle <
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        Date:   Monday, 23 Aug 2004 10:40:30 +0100
        Subj:   Birthday Celebrations


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From:           John W. Kennedy <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Aug 2004 14:01:47 -0400
Subject: 15.1552 Birthday Parties in Early Modern England
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1552 Birthday Parties in Early Modern England

Well, the custom of celebrating birthdays is ancient -- see Genesis 40
and Matthew 14 -- and it was known to Shakespeare -- see A&C III, 13 and
Pericles II, 1.

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From:           Matthew Steggle <
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Date:           Monday, 23 Aug 2004 10:40:30 +0100
Subject:        Birthday Celebrations

Early modern birthday celebrations... good question!  There's one in
that Jonson poem, Forest 14

http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/jonson/forest14.htm

- with drinking and dancing, and Jonson offering stern advice.

- Matt.

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