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Shakespeare's Personal Faith
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0681  Monday, 11 April 2005

From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Saturday, 9 Apr 2005 12:23:44 +0100
Subject: 16.0669 Shakespeare's Personal Faith
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0669 Shakespeare's Personal Faith

John Briggs writes ...

 >Peter Bridgman continues to miss the point - or deliberately evade it.

Sorry, I wasn't trying to evade it.  I thought the Holinshed passage
made it abundantly clear where WS got his 'Non nobis' and 'Te deum'
from.  All this discussion about the difference between
Hebrew-Protestant and Greek-Latin psalm-numbering is fascinating but
surely irrelevant if Holinshed tells us that Henry V commanded his
soldiers to genuflect at the words "Non nobis" and, immediately after
this, ordered the 'Te deum' to be sung.

John Briggs launched this threadlet by saying that because Shakespeare
mentions 'Non nobis' and 'Te deum' (rather than 'In exitu de Aegypto'
and 'Te deum'), this implies an Anglican bias.  I expect this is reading
far too much into a line WS probably inserted without a second thought
from his source.

Marcus Dahl writes ...

 >If thus we
 >find Shakespeare has taken key elements from Holinshed's account we do
 >not thereby suppose him to be a closet Catholic because Holinshed
 >himself may have been Catholic.

Agreed.

Peter Bridgman

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