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Failed Application
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0792  Tuesday, 26A April 2005

[1]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Sunday, 24 Apr 2005 23:55:14 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0782 Failed Application

[2]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Monday, 25 Apr 2005 05:44:29 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0782 Failed Application


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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Sunday, 24 Apr 2005 23:55:14 -0400
Subject: 16.0782 Failed Application
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0782 Failed Application

What Basch says about the arms applications and John's alleged recusancy
(which would make him a Catholic, not a Jew) is not accurate, persuasive
or even relevant.

The fact remains that both Shakespeare and his father pleaded in formal
legal papers addressed to a quasi-governmental agency that William's
mother was of gentle descent.  How many Talmudic strictures, not to
mention civil laws, would be offended if that had been a lie?

Until Basch presents evidence that Mary Arden was Jewish -- and he
hasn't even made that contention -- he cannot contend that WS was a Jew.
  So I think we have had quite enough.

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Date:           Monday, 25 Apr 2005 05:44:29 -0400
Subject: 16.0782 Failed Application
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0782 Failed Application

Contemporary documents establish the following (confined to the period
from Shakespeare's birth to death):

    Shakespeare was baptized in a church.

    He was married in a church.

    He was never cited for failure to comply with church attendance
requirements.

    His children were baptized in church.

    His son had a church funeral.

    His daughters married Christians in church.

    His brother had a church funeral, for which he paid.

    His parents had church funerals.

    He himself was buried inside a church, under a stone that requests
that his remains not be disturbed "for Jesus sake."

This is hardly the history of an observant Jew.

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