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Plague Query
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1333  Wednesday, 17 August 2005

[1]     From:   V. K. Inman <
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        Date:   Friday, 12 Aug 2005 13:01:52 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1325 Plague Query

[2]     From:   Colin Cox <
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        Date:   Friday, 12 Aug 2005 10:14:15 -0700
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[3]     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Wednesday, August 17, 2005
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From:           V. K. Inman <
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Date:           Friday, 12 Aug 2005 13:01:52 -0400
Subject: 16.1325 Plague Query
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1325 Plague Query

 >Corbin and Sedge, the editors of Ram Alley, make the claim that there
 >was a proclamation of 1608 which stated that London theatres would be
 >closed if 40 or more plague deaths occurred in the city within a week.
 >They don't state where they got this figure from, and I have been
 >completely unable to find corroborative evidence. Does anyone know?
 >>
 >Best,
 >Will Sharpe

Did you look at, "Elizabethan Protest, Plague, and Plays: Rereading the
'Documents of Control," ENGLISH LITERARY RENAISSANCE 26 (1996): 17-45?

I don't have a copy hand or I would check it for you, but I recall it
addresses this issue.

V. K. Inman

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From:           Colin Cox <
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Date:           Friday, 12 Aug 2005 10:14:15 -0700
Subject: 16.1325 Plague Query
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1325 Plague Query

"Corbin and Sedge, the editors of Ram Alley, make the claim that there
was a proclamation of 1608 which stated that London theatres would be
closed if 40 or more plague deaths occurred in the city within a week.
They don't state where they got this figure from,"

In general, this number was set by the Privy Council, but I have seen it
fluctuate between thirty and forty depending on the source. Leeds
Barroll, for example, uses the benchmark of thirty.

Colin Cox

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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Subject: 16.1325 Plague Query
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1325 Plague Query

Leeds Barroll. <I>Politics, Plague, and Shakespeare's Theater: The
Stuart Years</I>. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1991.

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