Happy Anniversary, Romeo and Juliet?

According to many “this day in history” sites┬áMarch 11, 1302 is Romeo and Juliet’s wedding anniversary.

It’s not. In the opening scenes Lady Capulet tells us that it is “a fortnight and odd days until Lammas-tide”, which puts the play’s timeline in July.

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  1. Ridiculous! At least as far as Shakespeare is concerned. From the Nurse and Lady Capulet we learn that the play takes place somewhere between fifteen or nineteen days away from “Lammas eve” – which is July 31st. Lammas is not Easter, it’s “loaf-mass” day, a harvest celebration that takes place August 1st. So Romeo & Juliet’s wedding day is actually during the week of July 12th-19th.
    So, they must be dating the marriage from Luigi da Porto’s earlier version, that has the couple marrying during Lent. Hmmm. Does anyone read da Porto anymore? I mean, besides me?

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