The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0663 Friday, 8 April 2005
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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