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Re: Hoghton Tower Controversy
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1407  Tuesday 10 August 1999.

[1]     From:   Jadwiga Krupski <
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        Date:   Monday, 09 Aug 1999 13:33:44 -0400
        Subj:   Houghton tower controversy

[2]     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Monday, 09 Aug 1999 16:51:11 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1397

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From:           Jadwiga Krupski <
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Date:           Monday, 09 Aug 1999 13:33:44 -0400
Subject:        Houghton tower controversy

To add one more "profile" to the 8 already proposed: it is entirely
possible that a young WS, perhaps tutor to some scion of an aristocratic
family, was, indeed, a Roman Catholic.  Marriage, parenthood, maturity
and, above all, a blossoming theatrical career in London, may have
wrought changes in outlook, including a commitment to the Church of
England.  As has been ably argued already, the break need not have been
a drastic one.  Many Anglicans of the day adhered to most tenets and
practices of Catholicism seeing the breaking away from papal domination
as the base and main reason for the English Reformation.  Again, as has
been stated previously, this severance of ties with Rome also meant a
decided position welcomed by and patriotic Englishman.

At an rate, a creative artist of Shakespeare's stature (yes, I know,
another "romantic bow to genius) would naturally weave observed strands
of human emotion, faith and endeavor into the fabric of his work.

So now we have, perhaps, a former "recusant" and a mature artist, using
his knowledge of Catholic thought and practice to portray appropriately
the thoughts and reactions of appropriate DRAMTIS PERSONAE.

Cheers,
Jadwiga Krupski

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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Monday, 09 Aug 1999 16:51:11 -0400
Subject: 10.1397 Re: Hoghton Tower Controversy
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1397 Re: Hoghton Tower Controversy

A-theistical Ros cites Protestants and Catholics, but isn't it rather
obvious that Shakespeare was an atheist?  <I>King Lear</I> --especially
when compared to the Christian <I>King Leir</I> -- seems quite atheist-
at least to me.

Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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