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Shakespeare and Protestant Historiography
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1804  Thursday, 19 July 2001

From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 Jul 2001 16:18:22 +0000 (GMT)
Subject:        Shakespeare and Protestant Historiography

Dear Listmembers:

Let me refocus my recent inquiry on Shakespeare and John Foxe. Has a
book been written generally contrasting Shakespeare's histories and
Protestant historiography of the sixteenth or seventeenth century? I was
focusing on Foxe in relation to King John and Oldcastle/Falstaff, but
Foxe does not mention Joan of Arc. I know there are plenty of articles
and book chapters on individual plays--which I am finding, but I haven't
turned up a book yet presenting Shakespeare in contrast to Protestant
historiography. Suggestions?

I would also like to have listmembers' responses to Gary Taylor's
article "Forms of Opposition: Shakespeare and Middleton" from ENGLISH
LITERARY RENAISSANCE 24 (1994): 283-315. There he presents his case for
viewing Shakespeare as a recusant Catholic. This article predates
Richard Wilson's identification of Shakespeare with the "Shakeshafte" in
E. Campion's associates. For now, I am more interested in responses to
Taylor than to Wilson.

Thanks for the input I anticipate.

Jack Heller

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