The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0952 Wednesday, 7 October 1998.
Date: Tuesday, 6 Oct 1998 11:10:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Representations of Clergy 1560-1640
A history colleague asked me if there were any positive representations
of clergymen in early modern drama, and aside from the questionable
influence of Friar Lawrence, and possibly Friars Bacon and Bungay, I
couldn't think of any clergymen who seemed anything other than
hypocritical or downright nasty (as in Webster). Well, I guess Cramner
in _Henry VIII_ has to count as a positive representation, and the
bishop of Carlisle in R2, and perhaps Sir Hugh Evans in _Merry Wives_.
Can anyone think of unequivocal others?