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More on Recusant Shakespeare

This blogger at Et In Arcadia Ego has very ably rounded up recent discussions:

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posted August 29, 2005 at 6:06 pm

A couple of speculations:
1) Writing a play on Henry VII would be good politics–a good thing to quote if things got hot. Also, a good thing not to fininish, if a recusant
2) Don’t discount the idea of Shakespeare as a Cultural Catholic, somewhat like many of today’s New Englanders. At best, he does not seem to have been very pious, but could easily have bridled at the treatment of the Old Faith.

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posted August 29, 2005 at 6:48 pm

AB- I think anyone who was merely a “Cultural Catholic” conformed to the state religion. Elizabethan England was not an era in which Catholics could indulge sentimental attachments to the Old Religion without risking substantial harm.

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posted August 29, 2005 at 6:59 pm

Don’t underestimate the pig-headedness of human nature. Also, Shakespeare was a brilliant man. Actors often have large egos. Add the three to a dislike of the nasty Tudor regime and stir.

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Plato's Stepchild

posted August 29, 2005 at 9:07 pm

I think that John Guy is the interesting Shakesperean character in this mystery.

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