The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0330 Monday, 13 August 2012
Date: Monday, August 13, 2012
Subject: I’m Back and Preview of Things to Come
I flew back from Heathrow on Saturday and finally feel caught up on my sleep. Ironically, London was reportedly empty except in the Olympic venues, so I should have stayed a while longer after all. Nevertheless, I had an exhilarating time, visiting with old and new friends and attending some stimulating presentations and performances that I would like to report on in brief once I am caught up with other business.
Also, I am pleased to announce that subscriber Joe Egert has obtained from the Dugdale archives at Merevale Hall (UK) photographs of a Dugdale MS notebook page dated “1634” (Dugdale MS-Vol. VII-p.10), containing Dugdale’s handwritten transcriptions of the Holy Trinity Church epitaphs of (1) William Shakespeare, (2) his wife Anne (d.1623), (3) his daughter Susanna (d.1649), (4) his son-in-law John Hall (d.1635), and (5) his grandaughter’s husband Thomas Nashe (d.1647). These notes formed the basis of the printed versions on page 518 and 520 of Dugdale’s Antiquities of Warwickshire (1656). The Dugdale family representative has granted Joe permission to publish these facsimiles online, and he has chosen SHAKSPER as the place those images will reside. I will place these images in the Archives with the notation From the Merevale Archives with the permission of Sir William Dugdale, who retains copyright. I will also create a compilation page with the MS page and I will Photoshop closeups from that page and-or the closeups provided to create a pdf file with all the requisite images and acknowledgement. We all owe Joe Egert and the Merevale Archives thanks for allowing SHAKSPER to distribute and archive these images.
I have a minor eye surgery tomorrow and should have the images ready by Wednesday.
Hardy M. Cook