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There are many mysteries surrounding the Bard of Avon. What did he really look like? Did he really write the plays attributed to him? Was he gay? In his will, why did he leave his wife only the "second best bed and the furniture"?
Another is the subject of this research guide: Was Shakespeare a Roman Catholic? Through the years scholars have differed, with a number of contemporary scholars again making the case that he was. This guide will connect you to sources available through the Gumberg Library to help you answer this question for yourself.
Catholic Theology in Shakespeare's Plays by
Call Number: PR3011 .B43 2008 - 2nd floor
Publication Date: 2007
Explores and reexamines Shakespeare's theology from the standpoint of revisionist history of the English Reformation.
Secret Shakespeare: Studies in Theatre, Religion and Resistance by
Call Number: PR3011 .W55 2004 - 2nd floor
Publication Date: 2004
This text examines recurring themes, recent scholarship, and provides close readings of plays to illustrate the influence of the shaded, secretive, dangerous, hidden life of the English Catholics on Shakespeare's work.
Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare by
Call Number: PR3017 A75 2005 - 2nd floor
Publication Date: 2005
Clare Asquith shows how Shakespeare was both a genius for all time and utterly a creature of his own era: a writer who was supported by dissident Catholic aristocrats, who agonized about the fate of England's spiritual and political life and who used the stage to attack and expose a regime which he believed had seized illegal control of the country he loved.
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The bronze sculpture of Shakespeare is by John Quincy Adams Ward, created 1870, cast after 1910. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Public domain.