April 9th

Like Shakespeare’s “Ghost,” Sir William Dugdale’s Antiquities of Warwickshire, published in 1656, placed Shakespeare in patriotic light. Offering, as the title suggests, an antiquarian treatment of Warwickshire and its history, the midlands region of England that included Stratford-upon-Avon, the town of Shakespeare’s birth–where, as Dugdale writes, “here is at Stratford a fair Bridg of stone, over Avon, containing xiiii arches, with a long Causey at the west end of it, walled on both sides: which Bridg and Causey were so built in H.7 time… One thing more, in reference to this antient Town is obervable, that it gave birth and sepulture to our late famous poet Will. Shakespeare, whose Monument I have interred in my discourse of the Church.”

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