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Shakespeare's mystery play : the opening of the Globe Theatre 1599

Author: Steve Sohmer
Publisher: Manchester, U.K. ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed in the USA by St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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"An often ingenious and surprising work, Shakespeare's Mystery play sets out to show that Julius Caesar was the first play performed at the new Globe Theatre on 12 June 1599. Steve Sohmer draws on areas of expertise which are rarely allied in Shakespeare scholarship and throws new light, not only on Julius Caesar, but on Hamlet, Twelfth Night and a variety of accepted beliefs. The considerable detective work  Read more...
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Sohmer, Steve (Stephen T.).
Shakespeare's mystery play.
Manchester, U.K. ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York ; Distributed in the USA by St. Martin's Press, 1999
(OCoLC)607374565
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Julius Caesar; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Julius Caesar; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Sohmer
ISBN: 071905544X 9780719055447 0719055660 9780719055669
OCLC Number: 41257024
Description: xii, 292 pages : illustrations, charts ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword / Stanley Wells --
pt. I. The building of the first Globe and the Elizabethan calendar controversy --
1. Building Shakespeare's Globe --
2. Julius Caesar and the Elizabethan calendar controversy --
3. Calendrical markers in Julius Caesar --
4. Temporal markers to mid-June 1599 in Julius Caesar --
5. Shakespeare's Corpus Christi archetype --
pt. II. Endemic time confusion in Julius Caesar --
6. The web of Caesar's time --
7. Shakespeare's vernal equinox gambit: 'Here lies the East ... ' --
8. Why the 'sunne of Rome' set at three o'clock --
pt. III. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and the movable feast discordances of 1599 --
9. The disrupted Easter cycle of 1599 --
10. Shrovetide, St. Valentine's Eve and the Roman Lupercal --
11. Ash Wednesday, the night of the Lupercal and the eve of the Ides of March --
12. Good Friday, the Ides of March and the day Christ died --
13. Shakespeare's third day, the Books of Samuel and the Mass of the Catechumens --
14. Holy Easter and Shakespeare's April Fools --
pt. IV. Shakespeare among the assassins --
15. The writer who changed the world --
pt. V. Evidence of calendrical markers in other plays of Shakespeare --
16. Prolegomenon for a mode of criticism --
17. Illyria's faulty calendar --
18. Real time in Hamlet --
App. 1. Caesar's place of death --
App. 2. The other Pontifex Maximus of Rome --
App. 3. Brutus's reading of Cicero --
App. 4. 'Wit'or 'writ' in Antony's funeral oration? --
App. 5. Antony's wordplay on 'honourable men' --
App. 6. The priesthood of Julius Caesar --
App. 7. 'Wrong in a just cause' --
App. 8. Dating the two battles at Philippi --
App. 9. Luther's exchange of pamphlets with Henry VIII --
App. 10. Principal holy days in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, 3 June-5 September 1599 --
App. 11. From the Book of Common Prayer (1560), folio 4v.
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"An often ingenious and surprising work, Shakespeare's Mystery play sets out to show that Julius Caesar was the first play performed at the new Globe Theatre on 12 June 1599. Steve Sohmer draws on areas of expertise which are rarely allied in Shakespeare scholarship and throws new light, not only on Julius Caesar, but on Hamlet, Twelfth Night and a variety of accepted beliefs. The considerable detective work invested in researching astrological, astronomical, calendrical, historical and even hydrological data, is lucidly marshalled."--Jacket.

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