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Shakespeare's Body
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1824  Friday, 4 November 2005

[1] 	From: 	Jeffrey Kahan <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 03 Nov 2005 10:11:03 -0700
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body

[2] 	From: 	Stephen Zimmer <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 3 Nov 2005 12:14:28 EST
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body

[3] 	From: 	Richard Kennedy <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 3 Nov 2005 09:31:11 -0800
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[4] 	From: 	Markus Marti <
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	Date: 	Friday, 04 Nov 2005 03:04:23 +0100
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[5] 	From: 	John W. Kennedy <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 03 Nov 2005 21:41:11 -0500
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body

[6] 	From: 	Al Magary <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 03 Nov 2005 23:48:15 -0800
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[7] 	From: 	Carol Morley <
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	Date: 	Friday, 04 Nov 2005 10:04:56 +0000
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body


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From: 		Jeffrey Kahan <
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Date: 		Thursday, 03 Nov 2005 10:11:03 -0700
Subject: 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body
Comment: 	RE: SHK 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body

Happy hunting!  Shakespeare's grave does not have a body.  In 1796, the 
grave was broken into, in the course of digging another grave in 
proximity.  (Personally, I can't believe the activity was unrelated to 
the Ireland forgeries and the search for Shakespeare's foul papers.)  In 
any case, they, the gravediggers, found nothing, damp and the local Avon 
having in all likelihood cared the bones away.  For more, see C. M. 
Ingleby, SHAKESPEARE'S BONES (1883).

If only Shakespeare had been a tanner.....

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Date: 		Thursday, 3 Nov 2005 12:14:28 EST
Subject: 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body

I have a feeling this "thread" will be a long one.

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From: 		Richard Kennedy <
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Date: 		Thursday, 3 Nov 2005 09:31:11 -0800
Subject: 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body

Does anyone know of another tomb, or plaque, or stone, or epitaph that 
lays a curse if the bones of the deceased are moved or disturbed?  It 
seems a most pagan and unholy piece of doggerel.

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From: 		Markus Marti <
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Date: 		Friday, 04 Nov 2005 03:04:23 +0100
Subject: 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body

You don't need to be an expert in cabalism to hear Will cry:
GOOD FREND
(for Iesus sake forbeare /To)
DIGG THE DUST
(encloased heare. Blese be y man y spares thes stones)
AND
(curst be he y)
MOVE
(s)
MY BONES.

I am quite sure that David Bash will make some sense of the same message 
if one reads it backwards.

Cheers,
Markus

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Date: 		Thursday, 03 Nov 2005 21:41:11 -0500
Subject: 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body

Abigail Quart <
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 >Murdered by his son-in-law? What dimwitted twit came up with that?

The late Charles Hamilton, who is also responsible for the risible 
hypothesis (unfortunately spreading like wildfire among non-academics, 
and even casually accepted, I have learned, by academics who have seen 
it in headlines, and not looked into the matter) that "The Second 
Maiden's Tragedy" is "Cardenio".

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From: 		Al Magary <
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Date: 		Thursday, 03 Nov 2005 23:48:15 -0800
Subject: 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body

Two late news stories about this suggest that is that and no one will be 
curst. Cheers, Al Magary

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VICAR REFUSES TO LET ACADEMIC DIG UP BARD

icBirmingham, Nov. 3, 2005

http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100localnews/tm_objectid=16327197&method=full&siteid=50002&headline=vicar-refuses-to-let-academic-dig-up-bard--name_page.html

The custodian of the Bard's bones has poured cold water on plans by a US 
academic to exhume his body to discover if he was murdered.

Rev Martin Gorick, from the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon 
where William Shakespeare is buried, said nobody had asked to exhume his 
body and, if they had, they would have been refused.

According to reports, Professor James Starrs, a forensic expert from 
George Washington University, has expressed an interest in digging up 
Shakespeare's body to discover if he was murdered by his son-in-law.

The professor, who has been dubbed "the father of Indiana Jones", said: 
"Shakespeare has made it clear that there is no justification for 
removing his bones.

"However, there is some consideration of foul play and the possibility 
that we could positively identify his body."

By law, permission to exhume the body must come from a member of his 
family and, as there are no known living relatives, the decision then 
rests with Rev Gorick, as vicar, and the Parochial Church Council.

Rev Gorick said: "We have not been approached directly so nothing may 
come of it and it has never come up during my time here at the church.

"Shakespeare's body is buried in a fabulous part of the church and it is 
of worldwide historical interest.

"Like anybody, I am interested to know exactly what is buried there. I 
suspect there is a family vault so I would be intrigued to know what is 
under ground but I would not like to disturb any remains."

Above the crypt is the inscription: "Blest be the man that spares these 
stones. And curst be he that moves my bones."

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'SHAKESPEARE MURDERED' THEORY 'RIDICULOUS'

Stratford-upon-Avon Herald, Nov. 4, 2005

http://www.stratford-herald.co.uk/mainstory.php?ID=456

A LEADING authority on Shakespeare this week branded plans to exhume the 
Bard's body and investigate conspiracy theories surrounding his death 
"ridiculous."

Professor Stanley Wells, chair of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, 
believes suggestions that physician John Hall murdered his father-in-law 
in 1616 are slanderous.

Talking about the plans revealed by a top team of American pathologists 
to open Shakespeare's grave at Holy Trinity Church, in Stratford, Prof 
Wells said: "The suggestion Shakespeare might have been murdered by his 
son-in-law is new to me and absolute nonsense.

"John Hall was a very highly respected physician. He was a churchgoing 
Protestant and pillar of the Church. The idea he may have murdered 
anybody is slanderous to him."

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From: 		Carol Morley <
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Date: 		Friday, 04 Nov 2005 10:04:56 +0000
Subject: 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body
Comment: 	RE: SHK 16.1816 Shakespeare's Body

I once (don't know where, don't know by whom) read a compelling argument 
that, Avon water tables and human decomposition rates considered, the 
minimal, dusty remains of W.S. were washed along the Bristol Channel and 
out into the Atlantic a couple of  centuries ago. Perhaps American 
Scientists could check tidal currents and start sifting all the beaches 
on the US eastern seaboard for nano-traces of Bard instead?

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