The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2010 Saturday, 18 August 2001
Date: Thursday, 16 Aug 2001 18:20:15 +0100
Subject: 12.2001 Re: Funeral Elegy
Comment: Re: SHK 12.2001 Re: Funeral Elegy
>The Ford attribution makes sense in terms of the apparent biographical
>content of the elegy. Ford and William Peter were both Devonshire lads,
>and Ford has the required connection with Oxford University (since
>that's where William Peter was educated). I have a question about
>Ford. What can be implied from the fact that he attended one year at
>Oxford and then was admitted to Middle Temple? Where is Middle Temple?
>London is where I assumed. Does this indicate he was doing well at
>Oxford or doing poorly? Would this represent a change in course or a
>logical educational progression?
Attendance at university was not the structured experience it is today.
It was quite usual for a man to attend university for a period of time
and leave without a degree. Increasingly, as the 16thC progressed, it
was common practice for gentry to follow a period of time at university
with a year or so studying law. This was done at the Inns of Court, of
which Middle Temple was (is) one. As you surmise, the Inns of Court are
There are 4 Inns of Court (Inner and Middle Temple, so-called because
they stand on the site of the headquarters of the Knights Templar,
Gray's Inn and Lincoln's Inn). They are the names of the buildings
belonging to the 4 societies that have the exclusive right to admit
students to practise at the bar.
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