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Dating Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0648  Thursday, 7 April 2005

[1]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 6 Apr 2005 19:13:48 +0100
        Subj:   When Was +Hamlet+ Placed?

[2]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 6 Apr 2005 19:56:17 +0100
        Subj:   Dating Hamlet (ctd.)


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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 6 Apr 2005 19:13:48 +0100
Subject:        When Was +Hamlet+ Placed?

Obviously after 1400, as cannons are blasting off right left and centre,
so that makes it (leave aside China) somewhere in Western Europe in the
15thC or later.

I have this vision of a tavern in Wittenberg about 1459, and there are
these three glum Goths supping their ale, when up pops a drawer and
yells, "Anyone here called Hamlet?  Got a letter for him."

         "Oh ... sausage ..." says the Prince, glumly reading the
medieval equivalent of a telegram, "seems that dad's snuffed it, so I'd
better get back for the funeral.  See you both soon."

         "Go with god, my son," says Luther piously.

         "You should be so lucky," says George Sobell, presciently.

Actually it is possible, just, to rig the dates and have Hamlet, Luther,
and Faust with their feet under the same table in a Wittenberg pub.

         Anyone run with this?

                         Or may I claim copyright on the idea?

             Michael Scott

(chained in his fiery niche in hell with a bar of ice through his head
and another through his heart.)

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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 6 Apr 2005 19:56:17 +0100
Subject:        Dating Hamlet (ctd.)

George Sobellicus, aka Johann Faust (jr) snuffed it from a strychnine
hot-shot in a bar-room in Wittenberg in 1541, so that gives a *terminus
ad quem*.

Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door in 1517, and after that he spent
his life posing for the medieval equivalent of Hello!

So that places the time Hamlet was studying at Wittgenberg post 1517 and
pre 1541, which is barely more than a twenty-year span.

Anyone care to narrow this down further?

R.

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