"Come Kate, Let's to Bed": The Cultural Meaning of Beds in Early Modern England

When: Tue., Jan. 10, 7 p.m. 2017

Beds in early modern England were the physical and symbolic location for the three major rites of passage - birth, marriage, and death - the most vulnerable and intimate moments of life. This talk, by Dr. Elizabeth Sharrett, will explore the cultural meaning of so important an object in the households of Shakespeare's England. In particular, we'll examine the rare and impressive painted tester bed at Agecroft Hall, and briefly consider how playwrights employed beds as props on stage to create dramatic effects in the theatre.

Price: $7-$10