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A Will to BelieveShakespeare and Religion$
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David Scott Kastan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199572892

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572892.001.0001

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Shakespeare's Religion

Shakespeare's Religion

(p.15) 2 Shakespeare's Religion
A Will to Believe

David Scott Kastan

Oxford University Press

A full account of what we know and don’t know about Shakespeare’s own religious beliefs, the chapter carefully considers the available biographical evidence, shows the limitations of what can be determined from it, addresses the parallel problem of trying to write Shakespeare’s biography on the basis of the plays, and demonstrates how the religious language and ideas that indeed saturate Shakespeare’s writings are transformed in the alchemy of his art

Keywords:   Shakespeare, biography, English Reformation, Catholic, Protestant, faith, Borromeo testament, John Shakespeare, Shakespeare's will, baptism

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