The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0686 Wednesday, 21 March 2001
Date: Tuesday, 20 Mar 2001 15:11:41 -0800
Subject: Shakespeare and Reformation Chronology
The Shakespeare and Reformation Chronology has been recently updated.
It emphasizes Shakespeare's religious contexts, and is somewhat skewed
toward Catholic sources, because they have been slighted in previous
chronologies. However Puritan and Protestant sources are represented.
The Chronology presents many items not present in the Evans/Tobin
Riverside edn., for example. By implication, it suggests that many of
the listed items need to be considered more fully in relation to
The "post-Shakespeare" portion of the Chronology tracks
Protestant/Catholic relations, and religious interpretations of
Shakespeare since. Again, the emphasis is on Catholic interpretations
(especially in the last several years, in which the amount of activity
is surprising), because Protestant and secular interpretations are so
part and parcel of the general culture. Please send your suggestions for
additions and modifications. The Chronology implies an argument that
Shakespeare was deeply interested in Catholic/Protestant relations, and
that the history of these relations thereafter might well look back to
I think this is the only such detailed Elizabethan/Jacobean etc.
chronology on the Web-but I would be glad to be corrected.