Happy yet, Kit?

“The Deaths of Christopher Marlowe”

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I expect I’ll write more before the end of the day, but it encourages me to post an update. Kit’s died once so far. There’s at least two more to come.

Does England go on Daylight Saving Time? Kit died (or didn’t die) at 6 p.m. on May 30th, and I’m trying to figure out what the light would have been like. Sunset’s at about 9 p.m. right now in London.

0 Responses to “Happy yet, Kit?”

  1. mrissa

    Err? Is this a time travel story or a mostly-immortal story? Because otherwise, Daylight Savings was a WWI-era thing, as far as I understood it.

    • Marie Brennan

      Sorry, I wasn’t clear enough. If England goes on DST, then a 9 p.m. late-May sunset now would have been an 8 p.m. late-May sunset in 1593. (Disgregarding any other calendrical or . . . clockical? . . . slippages that might also affect it.)

      I’m just being obsessive.

  2. matociquala

    England does do DST, AND it was still on the Julian calendar at that point. So it would be the equivalent of 5 pm on June 9th.

    • Marie Brennan

      Ah! I should have remembered the Julian/Gregorian switch, as it played a big part in my game just last month. I blame the necessity of jumping centuries every month for my inability to keep such details in my mind.


      • matociquala

        Er, 7 pm. *facepalm* Because if it’s an hour later now than it would have been then, it would be later in the evening at 6 pm then than at 6 pm now.


  3. Marie Brennan


    For those who are curious, it looks like that would have been a 9 p.m. civil twilight in 1593. Which suits my scene-setting purposes quite nicely, in fact.

  4. dsgood

    You’ve already been told that England does have Daylight Saving Time. Probably not useful to you right now: I believe that, like the US, the UK was on year-round Daylight Saving Time during WW II — and on double daylight saving time during the summer.

  5. eclectician

    For the truly, truly compulsive

  6. cheshyre

    You’ve already gotten the answers from others. England does observe DST, but only in the last century or so (yes, I’ve actually read a book on the history of DST), so it wouldn’t’ve been in effect during Kit’s lifetime.
    Also, as others have mentioned, England was still observing the Julian calendar which was ten or eleven days off from our current calendar.

    • Marie Brennan

      Oh, I never meant to imply I thought DST was in effect back then. I just needed to know if I should adjust for the lack of DST.

      It’s a surprisingly interesting history, actually. I didn’t read a whole book, but I read a lengthy article, and it was neat.

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