Catholic Theology in Shakespeares Plays David N. Beauregard

ISBN: 9781611490749

Published: October 1st 2007

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226 pages


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Catholic Theology in Shakespeares Plays  by  David N. Beauregard

Catholic Theology in Shakespeares Plays by David N. Beauregard
October 1st 2007 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 226 pages | ISBN: 9781611490749 | 9.27 Mb

David N. Beauregard explores and reexamines Shakespeares theology in Catholic Theology in Shakespeares Plays from the standpoint of current revisionist history of the English Reformation. This new perspective is based on three developments.MoreDavid N. Beauregard explores and reexamines Shakespeares theology in Catholic Theology in Shakespeares Plays from the standpoint of current revisionist history of the English Reformation.

This new perspective is based on three developments. Currently, there is a steadily growing interest in Shakespeares Catholic background. Recent evidence has surfaced strongly suggesting that Shakespeares father and daughter were both Catholic. John Shakespeares Spiritual Testament and his presence on the recusant rolls are now accepted as indications of his Catholicism, and the listing of Susanna Shakespeare by the Stratford ecclesiastical court as among those popishly affected suggests a continuity of Catholicism in the Shakespeare family.

Second, the revival of the theory that Shakespeares lost years were spent in the service of a Lancashire Catholic nobleman accords with these indications. Third, and most importantly, the work of Christopher Haigh, Eamon Duffy, J. J.Scarisbrick, and others has led to a revised understanding of the English Reformation, which maintains that the English Reformation was imposed from above but resisted by the general populace so that it took root very slowly. In the words of Christopher Haigh, late sixteenth-century England was a Protestant nation, but not a nation of Protestants.

These three recent developments indicate an obvious need for a reconsideration of Shakespeares theology. This study examines his plays from the perspective of Catholic theology and the revisionist history of the English Reformation to provide an even view of Shakespeares theology. It describes the effect of Catholic theology on the plays, noting points of difference in theological doctrine, sacramental liturgy, and devotional practice.



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