Words, Swords, and The Pope
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0823 Wednesday, 19 December 2007
From: Gregory Foran <
Date: Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 18:59:49 -0500
Subject: Query: Words, Swords, and The Pope
I've been reading the SHAKSPER listserv for a while, but never posted
before. A colleague of mine stumped all of us on our UTexas Renaissance
listserv with the following query. He asked me if I would open the
question up to SHAKSPER.
"A few years ago I saw an anti-papal woodcut which figured the Pope
addressing an audience (perhaps Jesuits) and his words were represented
as daggers. For the life of me, I can't recall *where* I saw the
woodcut. My impression is that it was in an introduction to one of
Shakespeare's plays. I've looked through all of the editions I possess
and still can't find it.
"Do any of y'all happen to know of the woodcut I'm talking about? Or one
that similarly illustrates the commonplace comparison of swords and
words? (e.g., "I will speak daggers to her") If you do, I would really
appreciate hearing about it!"
(Note: the author is already aware of Durer's 1496-98 Apocalypse woodcuts.)
Gregory A. Foran
Department of English
University of Texas at Austin
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