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Re: Proto-Catholics? Proto-Prods
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0804  Thursday, 14 March 2002

From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Thursday, 14 Mar 2002 06:00:09 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 13.0496 Re: Proto-Catholics? Proto-Prods?
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0496 Re: Proto-Catholics? Proto-Prods?

[With the kind indulgence of our moderator, I would like to once again
ask my question, so far left lonely and unabiding in its hanging out to
dry on SHAKSPER, but I do believe at least one Shakespearean scholar
among us can give it a good ole English historical go, and it just might
have relevance to Will S himself]

Carl Fortunato quotes, then writes, "'I had no idea that, in 1066, there
was any other Church but the universal Catholic Church of Rome. Unless
Sam is suggesting that England and Scandinavia were Eastern
Orthodox...'  He is probably suggesting that England had always been a
bit of a maverick church, and under Will the C they had acted less
independently of the papacy.  They were certainly not a separate church,
not even before Augustine of Canterbury.  However, they did have
different ways, and it may be accurate to say that they became more
Roman (not more "catholic") after William."

Which raises a question in my mind, what was the relationship between
Exeter Cathedral, its Bishops, and the Plantagenets?  Was it Catholic,
then Anglican?  I remember a reference to an early Bishop from EC and
one of the Plantagenets, and their indebtedness to each other.  Does
anyone know?  Can a source be cited?

Bill Arnold

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