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Re: Shakespeare and Catholicism
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0888  Friday, 29 March 2002

[1]     From:   John Velz <
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        Date:   Thursday, 28 Mar 2002 14:09:23 -0600
        Subj:   Shakespeare and Catholicism

[2]     From:   Takashi Kozuka <
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        Date:   Thursday, 28 Mar 2002 23:55:19 +0000 (GMT)
        Subj:   Re: Shakespeare and Catholicism

[3]     From:   Takashi Kozuka <
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        Date:   Friday, 29 Mar 2002 00:44:54 +0000 (GMT)
        Subj:   Re: Shakespeare and Catholicism


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From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Thursday, 28 Mar 2002 14:09:23 -0600
Subject:        Shakespeare and Catholicism

R. Cantrell implies that no one has considered the Latin Bibles
available in his day.  I do not have Shaheen 1999 handy, but am
virtually positive that he says in the Introduction that he found no
evidence of Sh's use of the Vulgate.

Mike Jensen asks about Sh's possible use of the New Testament in a
Catholic version.  Again, relying on memory, I think that Shaheen found
no evidence in the Douay-Reims Bible, which would be both OT and NT
together.  Am fuzzy about dates of publication of the D-R, but am pretty
sure it long antedates Sh's career.

If civility is not present in discussions of Sh's religion, it ought to
be.  Yet wars have been fought, paradoxically enough, about
interpretation of fine points of Scripture.  To borrow from and alter a
saying about the French Revolution, "Sweet Religion [Liberty], what
crimes are committed in thy name!"

Thanks to Mike.

J.W.V.

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From:           Takashi Kozuka <
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Date:           Thursday, 28 Mar 2002 23:55:19 +0000 (GMT)
Subject:        Re: Shakespeare and Catholicism

Sophie Masson says of Christopher Devlin: "Devlin [...] was an English
Catholic (in fact a priest, I
believe) as well as a scholar [...]"

Devlin was a Jesuit priest. He entered the Jesuit novitiate at
Roehampton in 1926. In 1935 he was sent to Rome where he prepared for
the priesthood. A short biography from the dust cover of his book :-)

Best wishes,
Takashi Kozuka

(Reading some Latin documents relating to the Shakespeares this Easter
weekend -- not Latin Bibles, I'm afraid...)

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From:           Takashi Kozuka <
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Date:           Friday, 29 Mar 2002 00:44:54 +0000 (GMT)
Subject:        Re: Shakespeare and Catholicism

John Velz claims that "Sh's references to the Bible in his early works
are ENTIRELY from the Bishops' Bible..." (emphasis added)

I'm curious whether it is "entirely" (as John phrases) or it should be
"mostly" -- because a couple of other books (or maybe just one of them)
I've read comment(s) that a Biblical passage in one of Shakespeare's
early plays doesn't come from the BB. I was planning to do more research
on this, but I haven't had a chance yet.  I must imprison myself in a
serious research library (eg, the British Library or the Bodleian).
Maybe the STC would do?! But then my university library doesn't have the
STC (though it has the Wing)... It willingly spends so much on new
chairs and flat computer monitors for librarians (but not for students),
window decorations, etc. but not on books and research resources... (I
must find my note first... So much to do this weekend...)

Best wishes,
Takashi Kozuka

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