Gloves (not "loves") in Shakespeare
Ghanthorn on 06/02/2012
|One of the posted comments to the quiz “Shakespeare Skewers Lawyers, or Does He?” ended, “Next, a quiz about tanners?” |
Historically, glovers and tanners played an important role in England’s economy, so I wasn’t all that surprised to find a number of references to glovers and/or tanners in Shakespeare. Of course, there’s one other reason as well, but let’s save that for the bonus question.
The occupations of tanners and glovers went hand in glove, of course, for tanners prepared the leather that could be used to make parchment or gloves. Many glovers were also tanners, for preparing the materials for leather gloves (calfskin) or cheaper material (believe it or not, dogskin) cut costs.
I was surprised, however, to see that James D. Law had beaten me to the punch by almost a century with a book published circa 1900 entitled “The Sea Shore of Bohemia, Or, the True Shakespeare Dramatically Portrayed: With an Appendix on Shakespeare's Gloves,” but since I didn’t happen to have a copy of that book or its appendix lying around I had to do my own research. It’s always good to have an excuse to brush up my Shakespeare.
So if you’re up for an unusual spin through Shakespeare’s plays, hit “Start Quiz” and let the play be joined.
Sources for this quiz included Peter Ackroyd, “Shakespeare: The Biography” (2005), Stephen Greenblatt, “Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare” (2004), Anthony Holden, “William Shakespeare: The Man Behind the Genius” (1999), A.D. Nuttall, “Shakespeare The Thinker” (2007), S. Schoenbaum, “Shakespeare’s Lives” (1991 edition), and James Shapiro, “Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?” (2010). Of course the plays themselves were the things in which I caught the quotes that ring, and in addition to my well-thumbed “Complete Works” from college, I consulted Alexander Schmidt’s excellent two-volume, “Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary” (originally published 1901) (1971 Dover & 2007 Cosmo editions) while chasing down elusive, half-remembered lines.
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