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Re: Legates and Recusants
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1047  Tuesday, 16 April 2002

[1]     From:   John Velz <
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        Date:   Monday, 15 Apr 2002 11:20:39 -0500
        Subj:   Papal legates etc

[2]     From:   Takashi Kozuka <
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        Date:   Monday, 15 Apr 2002 22:59:47 +0100 (BST)
        Subj:   Re: Shakespeare and Catholicism


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From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Monday, 15 Apr 2002 11:20:39 -0500
Subject:        Papal legates etc.

In re: SHK 13.0811

Someone (I forget whom) once suggested (unconvincingly) that Sh. went
through a lapse of faith in the period when he was writing *Jn.* and
then revived his fervor by time he was working on the friar plays
(*Rom*., *Ado*, *MM*).  As Clifford hints, the ambivalence may be a
matter of revering the office and distrusting the man.  As a friend of
mine once said "I like Christianity, but I just can't stand
Christians."  There is a corollary to that quip in one I heard when an
undergraduate half a century ago:  "Don't tell me Christianity does not
work; tell me it has never been tried."

A note of levity may be permitted. The Chairman of the Theology
Department at Boston College, who seems to be defending the Vatican's
stance on celibacy in the Roman clergy,  is named "Stephen  Pope".
Austin American Statesman Sat. Mar. 16, p. A8.

John

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From:           Takashi Kozuka <
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Date:           Monday, 15 Apr 2002 22:59:47 +0100 (BST)
Subject:        Re: Shakespeare and Catholicism

This is just a short update. Previously, I questioned if the two
documents which contained the list of nine Stratfordians who had been
said to be absent from church service for fear of process were 'recusant
rolls'. I can now confirm that they are NOT recusant rolls and that none
of the nine Stratfordians' names appears on the actual recusant roll of
1592-3.

Best wishes,
Takashi Kozuka

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