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The Turks
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0330  Friday, 18 February 2005

From:           John Webb <
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Date:           Friday, 18 Feb 2005 13:28:24 -0000
Subject:        The Turks

Every fortnight The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Records Office prepares
an article which is printed in the Stratford Herald. (IMO The Birthplace
Trust ought to submit some of those articles to this list too. List
readers might find some of them interesting.)

This week's article (17th Feb) is titled "The Turks in the Time of
Shakespeare". The article was prompted by the recent acquisition, by the
Birthplace Trust, of a book "The General History of The Turks", printed
in 1603, and which was owned by Sir Henry Rainsford (1575-1622) who
lived at Clifford Chambers, near Stratford.

The article describes the Elizabethan fascination with the East, and
some of Shakespeare's references to the Turks, including the Turkish
cushions in Taming of the Shrew, the nose of the Turk in Macbeth, and
the plot of Othello.

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