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England and the Gregorian Calendar – “Shakespeare” – Bill Bryson

May 4th, 2012 · No Comments · History

Shakespeare was borng under the old Julian Calendar, not the Gregorian, which wasn’t created until 1582, when Shakespeare was already old enough to marry…. Because the Gregorian calendar was of foreign design and commemorated a Pope (Gregory XIII), it was rejected in Britain until 1751, so for most of Shakespeare’s life, and 135 years beyond, dates in Britain and the rest of Europe were considerably at variance – a matter that has bedevilled historians ever since.

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