Steady on Chris, - I was replying specifically to Tony's points, My reference to 'Items & c available at the time being Historically accurate ' was intended as a genuine 'assist' with regard to re-enactments, (In my alter egos of Major John and Nathaniel Stoate I have served his majesty King George on many occasions, and found it a very usefull ploy)
In answer to your comment about my denying the 'scholarship' of others, Au contraire, - I have read a great deal of the available material, I have also read Tolkein, but that is not to say that I totally
believe in the existence of 'Middle Earth' and the 'Shires'
Unfortunately a lot of the 'source' material for our historical knowledge is at least in part based on commercial writings. Most of it would probably be dismissed as 'hearsay' if presented as evidence in a court of law, and yet some of us accept it without reservation. I intend no disrespect to those who have spent so much time in research and study, without their efforts we could not be where we are today, I just feel that we should still keep an open mind, after all, many of the chroniclers were not themselves performers, I hope therefore, that we who are, can consider the diferrence in perspective from inside
As to my end comment, although flippant it was still in a way constructive. As you said yourself in reply, "All the received knowledge is that we don't really have any accurate clues as to what the shows were like untill around 1825." - Sorry Chris, but that seems to me that you
are rubbishing my
conjecture on a possible origin of the Show on a personal whim!
Finally, my references to 'market forces' were also intended constructively. By understanding what makes the show progress, ie; social change and opinion One can reverse the process to aquire an insight as to what would have been likely in an earlier time, since the social & economic changes in our society tend to be better documented.
Addenda; I didn't specify a location for my imaginary serf!