The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1078 Friday, 10 June 2005
Date: Friday, 10 Jun 2005 09:39:41 +0100
Subject: 16.1065 Sweet Sweet Sweet Poison
Comment: Re: SHK 16.1065 Sweet Sweet Sweet Poison
Although Donna B. Hamilton does not, as far as I recall, use Peter
Goldman's quotation in her book *Shakespeare and the Politics of
Protestant England*, it would have certainly been appropriate.
*King John* is in fact one of the six plays she considers, in this case
as an illustration of Shakespeare's use of an apparently anti-Catholic
rhetoric to criticize the misuse of its legal powers by the English
Protestant church hierarchy. It is easy to see how some members of the
Privy Council would be quite happy to see Archbishop
Whitgift's powers under attack.
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