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Shakespeare's Birthday
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.1039  Wednesday, 22 November 2006

From: 		Peter Bridgman <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 22 Nov 2006 02:01:31 -0000
Subject: 17.1034 Shakespeare's Birthday
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.1034 Shakespeare's Birthday

Thank you, Peter Farey.  I stand corrected.  The Stratford vicar who left, 
or was forced to leave, after the Northern Rebellion of 1569 couldn't have 
been Bretchgirlde, the man who baptised WS.  However, the fact that the 
vicar who replaced Bracegirdle (it would be nice if we could give this 
fellow a name) kept the outlawed copes and vestments for so long suggests 
that he may also have been prepared to provide "old-style baptisms" for 
William's younger siblings.

It's interesting that Honan and Greenblatt both assume Bretchgirdle was a 
staunch Protestant when and if, according to Wood, he performed these 
"old-style baptisms".  While the type of ritual would not of course affect 
the date WS was born, it would greatly effect John and Mary's attitude 
towards the sacrament.

Peter Bridgman

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