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Dating Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0663  Friday, 8 April 2005

From:           Norman Hinton <
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Date:           Thursday, 07 Apr 2005 13:44:51 -0500
Subject: 16.0648 Dating Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0648 Dating Hamlet

 >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.

Cannon were in use in Europe by 1320. (There is even a reference - which
scholars find suspect- from 1284).  They were in use at the Battles of
Crecy and of Tournoi, and in various sieges all during the 14th century.

CF. Kelley DeVries, _Medieval Military Technology_, Broadview Press,
England/U.S./Canada, 1998, pp. 142-160.

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