Healthy Reading Exhibition: 1590-1690

February 11, 2011




Exhibiting a healthy context for the first publisher’s blurb to a Shakespeare play

“Honey-tongued” Shakespeare may have been known for his “sugred sonnets”, but this exhibition places Shakespeare’s “savoured salt of wit” and the readers’ “wits’ healths” – discussed in the unique 1609  preface to Troilus and Cressida – in the context of some culinary, medical, literary and religious texts published between 1590 and 1690.

Arts and Social Studies Library

In SCOLAR, lower ground floor (until Wed Feb 16th).

Curator: Johann Gregory – with valuable assistance from Alison Harvey (Assistant Archivist) and Peter Keelan (Head of Special Collections and Archives)



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  3. Any follow up on how this event went? Couldn’t make it but would love to get some insight into what constitutes “healthy” (as opposed to non-healthy?) Shakespeare reading!! Cheers,Ed

  4. Thanks for your interest. The healthy is a bit of a joke in some respects – I’m doing my PhD on Troilus and Cressida, not a healthy option. However, the exhibition includes herbals and dietary books etc.


    Some of it was put up here (above) and the exhibition will be up again over the summer.

    I’m currently writing up something about it for publication in the proceedings of the Société Française Shakespeare conference 2011. I’ll let you know when it is publish because it is open access and will include some nice images.




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