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Beauty and Pointed Purpose: The Sword in Shakespeare's London Image
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Beauty and Pointed Purpose: The Sword in Shakespeare's London

Friday 14th September, 2012

11:00am - 6:00pm

Price: £35.00

Ages: Adult


Friday 14 September, 11am - 4pm: Lectures at the Wallace Collection
5.30pm - 6.00pm:  Admission to Shakespeare: Staging the World exhibition at the British Museum

Elizabethan London was a dangerous place, one in which duelling – though technically illegal - became commonplace and a whole training community developed to service this new fashion. This study day, organised in collaboration with the British Museum, will explore this violent world, examining the duelling sub-culture, the role of fencing masters and fight manuals and how the playhouse reflected all of these in the theatre of the day.

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11.00am:          Registration, tea & coffee


11.25am: Welcome

 Anne Fay, Head of Education, Wallace Collection


11.30am: Shakespeare’s London

Dora Thornton, Curator, ‘Shakespeare: Staging the World’, British Museum


12.20pm: The Rapier in Shakespeare’s England: Its Design and Morality

Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armour, Wallace Collection


1.10pm: Lunch (not provided)


2.10pm: George Silver and the Paradoxes of Defence  

Joshua Pendragon, Guest Assistant Curator, The Noble Art of the Sword


3.00pm: Tea & coffee


3.20pm:  Swashbuckling Shakespeare 

Alison de Burgh, Fight Director


4.10pm:  Close


From 5.30pm: Timed admission to Shakespeare: Staging the World at the British Museum. Participants must make their own way to the British Museum


 * This programme may be subject to change