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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1972  Wednesday, 30 November 2005

[1] 	From: 	Nancy Charlton <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 29 Nov 2005 21:34:28 +0000
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1961 Shadowplay

[2] 	From: 	Bill Arnold <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 29 Nov 2005 20:09:45 -0800 (PST)
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1961 Shadowplay


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From: 		Nancy Charlton <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 29 Nov 2005 21:34:28 +0000
Subject: 16.1961 Shadowplay
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1961 Shadowplay

Thanks, Debra Murphy, for calling our attention to your interview with 
Claire Asquith on Godspy.com.

I haven't really anything to contribute to the discussion of 
Shakespeare's Catholicism, but I did notice way down the Godspy home 
page and article by another SHAKSPER contributor: Sophie Masson 
discusses Mel Gibson's "Passion" in May 2004.

Debra, did Godspy intend an allusion to Lear's speech to Cordelia in V.3?

Nancy Charlton

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From: 		Bill Arnold <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 29 Nov 2005 20:09:45 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 16.1961 Shadowplay
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1961 Shadowplay

Bill Lloyd writes, "I think it's not inconceivable that Shakespeare 
might have been a Catholic or a crypto-Catholic, or sympathized with 
Catholics, but I don't think we'll ever know for sure or to what extent."

Were not the English themselves, shortly before Shakespeare, a Catholic 
nation?  And was not their literature so influenced?  Did not 
Shakespeare's most debatable character, Hamlet, *swear* on St. Patrick? 
  Was it not The Royal, The Crown, Itself, which took on the role of the 
Holy See, and usurped Rome?  And yet, could they erase all the 
*vestiges* from English churches and English literature?  The trappings 
of The Church were still *there* despite the split between the Old Guard 
and The New!

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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