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The Faith of William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare is arguably the world’s most famous writer. His plays and sonnets have been translated into many different languages, and are performed, read and loved the world over. But what of the man himself? What did he believe? Was he a secret Catholic, like his father, prepared to run the risk of being accused of treachery to the Tudor state? Or was he convinced ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2017 by Lion Hudson
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I tried and tried and tried to finish this book. I’ve had it for a looooong time. I think I thought this was a fictional story when I first requested it. I made it about 25% through before I couldn’t read anymore. This book is not in my wheelhouse so I wouldn’t count this as a negative review. I don’t generally read non-fiction and was trying to challenge myself to broaden my horizons. This one just didn’t do it for me.
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Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing

The Faith of William Shakespeare

by Graham Holderness

Lion Hudson Plc

Lion Hudson
Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction (Adult)

Pub Date 01 Apr 2017

I am voluntarily reviewing The Faith of William Shakespeare through the publisher and Netgalley:

The faith of William Shakespeare points out that William Shakespeare was a Christian. He was baptized, married and buried in the Church of England.

In order to understand the Faith of William Shakespeare it is important to understand the Reformation and the rol
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Faith of William Shakespeare sets out to prove that William Shakespeare, far from the Catholic or atheist current criticism would have him be, lived his life as a Protestant. Holderness acknowledges that the plays are a poor route to knowledge of Shakespeare’s life, but they are also the only evidence really available. He combines his understanding of the plays with extensive knowledge of historical context in an attempt to illuminate Shakespeare’s personal faith.
While The Faith of William S
Jason Wilson
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Very interesting......though:
He wants to argue that Shakespeare was a convinced middle anglican- this would have to have been his practice as the only approved faith.
Some of the instances he cites are generically christian rather than specifically protestant.
Bits are tenuous
Some can go either way or show that Shakespeare might be arguing for points on both sides eg
his argument that Hamlet is a protestant prince who goes to rest not purgatory is excellent but...the ghost came from purgatory.So
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Holderness has produced a volume that will interest many and provide much insight on Shakespeare the man as well as the work he produced. Beginning with an overview of the religious context of Shakespeare's England, Holderness proceeds to examine Shakespeare's personal faith as it revealed itself through the circumstances of his life and, more extensively and more importantly, as it came out in his many plays. The Faith of William Shakespeare will be a volume I return to as I seek to understand, ...more
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Writer and critic Graham Holderness has published over 40 books, many on Shakespeare, and hundreds of chapters and articles of criticism, theory and theology. He was one of the founders of British cultural materialism, and is acknowledged as a formative contributor to a number of branches of Shakespeare criticism and theory. He has published pioneering studies in Arabic adaptations of Shakespeare, ...more