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Re: Shakespeare and Protestant Historiography
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1830  Monday, 23 July 2001

From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Jul 2001 16:28:52 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 12.1827 Re: Shakespeare and Protestant Historiography
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1827 Re: Shakespeare and Protestant Historiography

When I noted that Gary Taylor's article predates Richard Wilson's
identification of Shakespeare with the "Shakeshafte" in E. Campion's
associates, my point was that his argument does not depend on what I
think is the still controversial or inconclusive identification.

Thus, when Takashi Kozuka comments,

"Neither Taylor nor Wilson was the first scholar who linked the
"Shakeshafte" in Alexander Houghton's 1581 will and Shakespeare,"

I must note that Taylor does not make the link at all in his argument
for Shakespeare's recusancy. Thus any agreements or disagreements with
Taylor should be made without reference to the Shakeshafte question. In
other correspondence, Taylor did alert me to Wilson's argument for the
Shakespeare-Shakeshafte connection, but I'm not sure he endorses it. He
was presenting me with an additional reference.

On the other hand, I wholly endorse these cautions:

> As Katherine Duncan-Jones mentioned, we have two separate issues (though
> they can be linked, as the Lancastrians have done): whether or not the
> "Shakeshafte" was Shakespeare; and whether or not Shakespeare was a
> Catholic. In addition, we must be careful when we use such terms as
> recusants, papists, Catholics, Jesuits, etc.

The caveat on Shakeshafte's identification would not apply to Taylor's
article, and I think he is cautious with his terminology. That, however,
is my judgment. What do others think?

Jack Heller

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