The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1861  Wednesday, 25 July 2001

From:           Steve Roth <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 24 Jul 2001 14:10:39 -0700
Subject:        Halloween at Elsinore?

Dear SHAKSPERians:

Ever wanted to visit Elsinore/Helsingor? I may have an excuse to do so.

I'm not sure how many of you are fans of Steve Sohmer's work (as I am),
but many of you may be aware of his EMLS articles on chronologies and
calendars in Hamlet, Lear, Caesar, etc., and his book, Shakespeare's
Mystery Play.

In his piece on Hamlet <http://www.shu.ac.uk/emls/02-1/sohmshak.html> he
convinces me entirely that Old Hamlet's ghost first walked the ramparts
of Elsinore on the nights of Oct. 30/31 to Nov 2/3, 1601--encompassing
the Feast of Marcellus [!], All Hallow's Eve, All Saints' Day, and All
Souls' Day.

(I offer further evidence supporting his arguments [and disagreements
with some other points] in Hamlet: The Undiscovered Country

The point of this: Halloween, 2001, is the 400th anniversary of the
ghost's walk. I'm thinking of visiting to commemorate the event.

On that night, as you stand looking north toward the pole, the full moon
will be behind you in the south, about sixty degrees above the
horizon--exactly as it was in 1601. Spooky stuff.

I'm really quite serious about a potential visit, but the odds of it
actually happening would increase if others also considered it worth the
journey. Drop a line on or off list if it catches your fancy at all.


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