Internet Shakespeare Editions


The fish market

Strict laws were passed in Shakespeare's early youth requiring everyone to eat fish in Lent, on Fridays, and on Wednesdays. The laws had no religious rationale: they were designed to keep the navy strong

by providing enough jobs for sailors.

Oysters, oysters, threepence a peck at Bridewell dock, new wallfleet oysters.
New cockles, new great cockles. New great sprats, new. New haddocks, new. New thornbacks new.
(Orlando Gibbons, "Street Cries")

Could eating meat be a crime?.