Richard Day, A Booke of Christian prayers..., 1581 - Shelter strangers woodcut, p.53r, detail.

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Date:1581

Description:Christian charity offering shelter, in Shakespeare's time.

Strangers traveling in the countryside were often made welcome, as Autolycus, Polixenes and Camillo find at the feast in the play of The Winter’s Tale, or in Pericles the shipwrecked queen Thaisa, is taken in by local people, who give her a home at the temple: ‘a niece of mine shall there attend you.’ (3.4), while her baby, Marina, is left with friends of King Pericles at Tarsus: ‘I charge your charity withal, leaving her the infant of your care'. (3.3).

See:Pericles, 3,4, lines 12-16 and 3,3, lines 15-16; The Winter’s Tale, 4,4, line 70.


Full title: Richard Day, A Booke of Christian Prayers collected out of the auncient writers and best learned in our tyme, worthy to be read with earnest mynde of all Christians in these daungerous and troublesome dayes', London, John Daye, 1581.


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