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New Shakespeare Portrait Discovered
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0662  Friday, 14 July 2006

From: 		Imtiaz Habib <
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Date: 		Thursday, 13 Jul 2006 13:06:52 -0400
Subject: 17.0658 New Shakespeare Portrait Discovered
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0658 New Shakespeare Portrait Discovered

 >>Ruff collars are hardly a dress accessory of a commoner.
 >>Shakespeare? I most certainly think not!
 >
 >We had a ruff discussion only recently, when I posted the following
 >lines from 'Elizabeth's London' by Liza Picard ...
 >
 >"Everyone wore them, women and men, working people and courtiers. ... A
 >working man's or woman's ruff had a neck band and pleats, but the fabric
 >was coarser ... so that it stood up on its own.  An apprentice's ruff
 >was not supposed to be more than one and a half yards long ... A
 >maidservant's clothes, listed on her admission to St Bartholomew's
 >Hospital in 1569 and returned to her on her discharge, included 'three
 >pairs of ruffs'."
 >
 >Peter Bridgman

Peter Bridgman's response to my skeptical post was most helpful I stand 
corrected--and intrigued!

Imtiaz Habib
Associate Professor of English
Old Dominion University

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