Clare Asquith





Clare Asquith


Born
in The United Kingdom
June 02, 1951


Clare Asquith, Viscountess Asquith (born 2 June 1951) is an independent scholar and author of Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare, which posits that Shakespeare was a recusant Catholic whose works contain code which was used by the Catholic underground, particularly the Jesuits, in Reformation England, but also appealed to the monarchy in a plea for toleration. Asquith's book was the first to note the existence of the code as a subtext in Shakespeare. Her controversial work was hailed early on by some, including by Catholic writer Piers Paul Read as "dramatic, important" and "painstaking scholarship".However, it was reviewed unfavourably by David Womersley, Professor of English Literature at Oxford Unive ...more

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