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Was Shakespeare a member of a guild?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0022  Monday, 11 January 2010

From:       William Sutton <
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Date:       Friday, 8 Jan 2010 11:06:58 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 21.0009 Was Shakespeare a member of a guild?
Comment:    Re: SHK 21.0009 Was Shakespeare a member of a guild?

Thanks for the replies guys.

I had a couple off-line too.

But there is something that puzzles me here still. Both esteemed 
gentlemen refer to my question as if I only mean the Worshipful 
Companies or Livery companies.

My question involves any kind of Guild in which there might be records 
not yet plumbed for information. The Guilds were active in Europe from 
the Middle Ages through the Renaissance. Cities and towns all over 
England had guilds and members. Whether or not they kept records is a 
matter for local archives.

The mystery plays were performed by guild members and as such the guilds 
fall within the remit of theatrical history. We know that the 1574 Act 
sent players scrambling for patronage of Noblemen, but that fact 
detracts and distracts from the rise of the public playhouses and 
troupes of individual players who were in it for the money i.e. as a 
trade. After all apprentices were trained to follow their masters.

I would love to read Dave Kathman's paper recently published and hope 
there's a copy in University of Amsterdam library.

The search is not over.

Yours in the fellowship of Will,
W. Sutton
http://sonnet.iloveshakespeare.com

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