Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 710. Wednesday, 3 November 1993.
Date: Tuesday, 02 Nov 1993 20:55:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 4.0707 Nubility 'Mongst the Tudor Nobility
Comment: Re: SHK 4.0707 Nubility 'Mongst the Tudor Nobility
Juliet is supposedly 13 years old (still) when she first appears on stage. She
is a fictional character, living in a fictional world. This fictional world is,
of course, set in Italy which also exists in our real world. As far as I know,
and I've recently reread the play, there is no direct evidence as to the
fictional date of the action.
My question is: how can 16th century history tell us anything - either way -
about a undated, fictional Italian city and its culture?
Jean Howard has asked this question more abstractly. I think it's a good
Yours, Bill Godshalk