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Shakespeare's Birthday
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.1059  Tuesday, 28 November 2006

[1]     From:     John Briggs <
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    Date:     Friday, 24 Nov 2006 21:29:51 -0000
    Subj:     Re: SHK 17.1049 Shakespeare's Birthday

[2]     From:     Peter Bridgman <
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    Date:     Saturday, 25 Nov 2006 19:13:27 -0000
    Subj:     Re: SHK 17.1049 Shakespeare's Birthday


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From:         John Briggs <
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Date:         Friday, 24 Nov 2006 21:29:51 -0000
Subject: 17.1049 Shakespeare's Birthday
Comment:     Re: SHK 17.1049 Shakespeare's Birthday

Alan Jones wrote:

 >Peter Bridgman wrote:
 >
 >I got this from Schoenbaum.  In 'A Compact Documentary Life' he
 >argues that WS was born on 23 April but not baptised until 26 April
 >because "superstition intervened - people considered Saint Mark's Day
 >unlucky."Black Crosses" it was called; the crosses and altars were
 >almost to Shakespeare's day hung with black, and (some reported) the
 >spectral company of those destined to die that year stalked the
 >churchyard".
 >
 >I wonder where Schoenbaum got this from.

He got it from Robert Whatley, "Among the Shakespeare Archives: the 
birth of William Shakespeare",  Notes and Queries, No. 154 (12th series, 
vol. 8), 26 March 1921, pages 241-242.

John Briggs

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From:         Peter Bridgman <
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Date:         Saturday, 25 Nov 2006 19:13:27 -0000
Subject: 17.1049 Shakespeare's Birthday
Comment:     Re: SHK 17.1049 Shakespeare's Birthday

Alan Jones writes ...

 >Currently the prescribed colour for hangings and vestments
 >on that day is red (or gold), and I believe that is true also of
 >the RC Church and was so in the Sarum Rite of medieval
 >England. Black on a major feast day would seem unthinkable.
 >But doubtless Schoenbaum had his source. Does anyone know
 >what it may have been?

Apologies for steering an arcane thread into even more arcane territory, 
but do we know for certain that Stratford celebrated the 'Sarum Use'?  
Being in the midlands, it may have celebrated the 'Lincoln Use'.  
According to the following article there were five different 'uses' in 
use in the British Isles   ...

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13479a.htm

Peter Bridgman

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