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Re: James and Superstitions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1800  Tuesday, 26 August 2002

[1]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Monday, 26 Aug 2002 13:01:11 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 13.1789 Re: James and Superstitions

[2]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Monday, 26 Aug 2002 17:41:15 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1789 James and Superstitions

[3]     From:   John W. Kennedy <
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        Date:   Monday, 26 Aug 2002 13:45:17 -0400
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[4]     From:   Dave Johnson <
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        Date:   Monday, 26 Aug 2002 12:33:15 -1000
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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Monday, 26 Aug 2002 13:01:11 -0400
Subject: Re: James and Superstitions
Comment:        SHK 13.1789 Re: James and Superstitions

Sam Small refers to 'Shakespeare's total silence on the gunpowder plot'

Presumably he means apart from Macbeth and King Lear?

Terence Hawkes

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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Monday, 26 Aug 2002 17:41:15 +0100
Subject: 13.1789 James and Superstitions
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1789 James and Superstitions

"All in all Shakespeare gives James I a bad press."

He does?

"Coupled with this Shakespeare's total silence on the gunpowder plot..."

Except the "equivocation" stuff in Macbeth, which would suggest quite
the opposite of Will as "a conservative Catholic sympathiser".

m

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From:           John W. Kennedy <
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Date:           Monday, 26 Aug 2002 13:45:17 -0400
Subject: 13.1789 Re: James and Superstitions
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1789 Re: James and Superstitions

>An interesting thread.  All in all Shakespeare gives James I a bad
>press.

How so?  James is explicitly (some would say fulsomely) flattered in
both "Macbeth" and "Henry VIII".

>Coupled with this Shakespeare's total silence on the gunpowder
>plot

Shakespeare was not a pamphleteer; neither did he (especially at that
stage of his career) necessarily feel any need to instruct his audiences
that mass murder (like stealing horses) is wrong.

>- does this add more credence to the idea that Will was a
>conservative Catholic sympathiser?

I should say that "Henry VIII" and "King John" prove that he was not
absolutely on the one side, just as "Hamlet" and "Twelfth Night" prove
that he was not absolutely on the other.  My best guess is that his
churchmanship, translated into contemporary terms, would be a rather
relaxed Anglo-Catholicism.

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From:           Dave Johnson <
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Date:           Monday, 26 Aug 2002 12:33:15 -1000
Subject: 13.1789 Re: James and Superstitions
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1789 Re: James and Superstitions

I don't see how one can believe Shakespeare was a Catholic, or a
Catholic sympathizer, after reading King John.

Aloha,
Dave Johnson

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