Whose Saint Crispins Day Is It?: Shoemaking, Holiday Making, and the Politics of Memory in Early Modern England

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  • This article demonstrates an early modern association between the trade of shoemaking and the act of altering the festal calendar. It traces this link through a series of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literary texts including Thomas Deloney'sGentle Craft, Thomas Dekker'sShoemaker's Holiday, and Shakespeare'sJulius Caesarand — most notably —Henry V.The article argues that the depictions of cobblers making holidays resonated with the early modern English politics of ritual observance, and its concluding discussion of the Saint Crispin's Day speech inHenry Vshows how the play imagines king and cobblers vying for control of England's commemorative practice.
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  • Chapman AA
  • Start Page

  • 1467
  • End Page

  • 1494
  • Volume

  • 54
  • Issue

  • 4-Part2