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Re: Shakespeare -- a Catholic Priest?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0597  Friday, 26 June 1998.

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 Jun 1998 09:51:41 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0594  Shakespeare -- a Catholic Priest?

[2]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 Jun 1998 21:48:25 +0100 (BST)
        Subj:   RE: Shakespeare -- a Catholic Priest?

[3]     From:   Karen Pirnie <
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 Jun 1998 17:42:50 EDT
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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Jun 1998 09:51:41 -0700
Subject: 9.0594  Shakespeare -- a Catholic Priest?
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0594  Shakespeare -- a Catholic Priest?

Those interested in this idea might like to know that Professor Wilson
published a brilliantly-written summation of his position in TLS around
last Christmas.

What I find most intriguing about the idea isn't that Shakespeare would
have learnt to be secretive, but that he would have failed at his
Utopian hopes, and fled from martyrdom.  It reinforces the distinction
between high ideals and sordid actuality that one finds in a number of
the plays.

Cheers,
Sean.

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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Jun 1998 21:48:25 +0100 (BST)
Subject:        RE: Shakespeare -- a Catholic Priest?

No doubt the following objection has occurred to others, but I wonder if
anyone has an answer:

> "If Shakespeare was Shakeshafte, he was a member
> of a household which was for six months, it seems,
> nothing less than the secret college and
> headquarters of the English Counter Reformation," Wilson said.

Other young men in the same position were taking the names of their
grandfathers to avoid detection. But isn't `Shakeshafte' effectively the
same name as `Shakespeare'?  Not much of a disguise, then...

Gabriel Egan

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From:           Karen Pirnie <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Jun 1998 17:42:50 EDT
Subject: 9.0594  Shakespeare -- a Catholic Priest?
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0594  Shakespeare -- a Catholic Priest?

Regarding the interesting Shakeshafte idea, an early Gary Taylor essay
actually builds a case for Shakespeare as a Catholic (but not a
seminarian).  Sorry, it's in my files on campus, where I am not.

Karen Pirnie
University of Alabama
 

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