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Shakespeare’s time-riddles in Romeo and Juliet solved
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This chapter demonstrates that William Shakespeare crafted Nurse's monologue as a passkey to all his time-riddles in Romeo and Juliet for the wiser sort among his auditors. It shows that solving the time-cruces in this play provides a fresh insight into Shakespeare's mind, his interest in chronometry, and his remarkable knowledge of the rival calendars of the Renaissance. The chapter suggests that recognizing the interval 25-30 July as the span of the action in Romeo and Juliet would allow us to recover other unrecognized instances of Shakespeare's intensive time-play. If the action of Romeo and Juliet is taking place 'since the Earth-quake now eleuen yeares' the wiser sort could instantly calculate that Nurse's conversation with Wife Capulet must be taking place between November 1581 and November 1582.

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Shakespeare for the wiser sort

Solving Shakespeare’s riddles in The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, King John, 1–2 Henry IV, The Merchant of Venice, Henry V, Julius Caesar, Othello, Macbeth and Cymberline


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