The Shrovetide Essay

We are pleased to post the most recent of our Tempest essays, “The Tempest as Shrovetide Revelry,” which was published in volume XVII in the Shakespeare Yearbook.

We ask the reader to take a moment to remember the Yearbook‘s editor Douglas Brooks.  He will be greatly missed.

4 Responses to “The Shrovetide Essay”

  1. Many thanks, Lynne and Roger, for posting all of your published “Tempest” articles, including this important reflection on the themes of Carnival and Lent in the play.

    A question on one of your footnotes, #45:

    “In England the Green Man’s official day of celebration was St. George’s Day, 23 April, but one of his early appearances in the opening days of spring fell on Shrovetide.”

    Would you be able to give us a reference for when and where the Green Man’s official day of celebration became St. George’s Day, the 23rd of April? Also, the same for the second part of your footnote: where and when did “one of his early appearances” fall on Shrovetide?


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  3. rstritmatter

    See the new post “Wild Men on the Internet” for a detailed reply to your questions.

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