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Jun 18th, 2009 at 5:41am
 
Even among scholars, it has not been widely known that Shakespeare himself was an experienced slinger. His "slings an arrows of outrageous fortune" (Hamlet, 3, 1) point to the fact that he preferrably used something like a cestrosphendon.

It must have been a family tradition. His ancestors (and he himself) suffered from severe dependency on strong beer. Without it, their hands became kind of tremulous while slinging darts (or "speares", as they were commonly called in Stratford), hence the family name.

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Noch weiz ich an im mere daz mir ist bekant
einen lintrachen  slouch des heledes hant
do badet er in dem blvote  des ist der helt gemeit
von also vester hvte  daz in nie wafen sit versneit.
 
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Reply #1 - Jun 19th, 2009 at 5:48pm
 
Are you sure the reference is to slung arrows ie. darts? I have always assumed it merely means slingstones and ordinary arrows, especially as England and Wales have always had a strong tradition of shooting longbows.
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Reply #2 - Jun 19th, 2009 at 6:50pm
 
You are certainly right with the slingstones and the bows.

The truth is that I made the whole cestros thing up. I only had the Hamlet quote in mind, and then everything else followed. The post probably should have been in the other topics subforum, not here. Sorry! Embarrassed
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Ferrugo numquam dormit.&&(Nigellus Iuvenis)&&&&

Noch weiz ich an im mere daz mir ist bekant
einen lintrachen  slouch des heledes hant
do badet er in dem blvote  des ist der helt gemeit
von also vester hvte  daz in nie wafen sit versneit.
 
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Reply #3 - Jun 21st, 2009 at 6:59pm
 
For what has been considered the Frumpy, grumpy subforum of the site I thank we need something every so often to Lighten up the mood here. But let's not make a habit of it OK Smiley

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Fundibularius wrote on Jun 19th, 2009 at 6:50pm:
You are certainly right with the slingstones and the bows.

The truth is that I made the whole cestros thing up. I only had the Hamlet quote in mind, and then everything else followed. The post probably should have been in the other topics subforum, not here. Sorry! Embarrassed

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