The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1493 Tuesday, 10 August 2004
Date: Monday, 9 Aug 2004 13:51:30 EDT
Subject: Christianity and the Second Historical Tetralogy
I am currently reviewing a new book entitled _Shakespeare's Second
Historical Tetralogy: Some Christian Features_, edited by Beatrice
Batson. It contains essays by Clifford Davidson, David George, John
Rumrich, Joseph Candido, Charles R. Forker, John W. Velz, Paul White,
and Ellen Summers.
In her Introduction, Batson contends that although these plays have
occasionally been studied in relation to Christianity, "never has there
been an entire volume devoted to the subject from a Christian
perspective." This claim, if true, would suggest that the current
volume fills an important gap.
I have begun to check whether Batson's contention is indeed accurate,
but I wondered if anyone on this list can think of another volume,
especially anything recent, that examines _Richard II_, _1 Henry IV_, _2
Henry IV_, and _Henry V_ from a Christian point of view. Any "leads"
would be appreciated.
Robert C. (Bob) Evans
Auburn University Montgomery
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