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Going into this book I was a bit skeptical of Joseph Pearce s thesis that the evidence points overwhelmingly to Shakespeare being a Catholic Although I m a Catholic myself, I d prefer not to engage in wishful thinking Further, Shakespeare not being a Catholic would not, in my mind, make him any less of a genius Despite those reservations, I believe Pearce has made his case Of course, there is no definitive proof on Shakespeare s religion one way or another Given how little we know of him outside [...]
Perhaps the best of all the Shakespearian biographies, if only for its cold insistence on documentary evidence and what can reliably be deduced from it It s refreshing to have a biography that focuses on Shakespeare his life and how he lived it, and his beliefs and how he believed them instead of the willy nilly ranting of most other books, which focus almost exclusively on what the commentator would like Shakespeare to do and prefer Shakespeare to believe.It s incomparably better than Greenblat [...]
Concise but thorough Engaging.
Absolutely convincing case that William Shakespeare was a Papist And a great read too
Although April 23rd is, historically, the feast of England s patron saint George, it is also the anniversary of William Shakespeare s death 2016 marks the 400th year since England s most famous author went to his grave, and in way of honoring him I read Joseph Pearce s The Quest for Shakespeare I ve heard Pearce speak on Shakespeare before, rebutting arguments that other personalities wrote the plays and that Shakespeare is just given credit for them, like Homer I d assume Quest would follow the [...]
Shakespeare has a tendency to be all things to all people in the English literary canon Every school of thought tries to adopt him for their own, whether the staunch defenders of English Protestantism or the blas atheist materialists of today Meticulously revisiting the known facts of Shakespeare s life, Pearce assembles a strong case circumstantial, of course, but the best to be hoped for 500 years on indicating that the worldview that forged his genius was that of a recusant Catholic, tested i [...]
I often think that it s a fool s errand to try to piece together a comprehensive look at an historical figure s life based on a few scraps of official record That said, Pearce does a good job, and extensively documents his sourcework, in this attempt to color the Bard as a recusant Catholic during the reigns of Elizabeth and James I His arguments ring true, although there are times when it has the feel of a History Channel Documentary where the history of ancient civilizations and alien influenc [...]
I won this book from The Coming Home Network I was happy to get it as a lover of the Catholic Church and of Shakespeare s plays The author is convinced that Shakespeare was a Catholic And so we come to the conclusion of our quest, discovering that Shakespeare had died as he had lived, as a resolute Catholic And we can say with confidence that if this cannot be proved with mathematical certainty, it can at least be considered to be proven beyond all reasonable doubt p 172 The evidence is from Sh [...]
Before the generation of Shakespeare s father, everyone was Catholic Then, thanks to Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, everyone became Catholick at least in publick Then again later, Cromwell scared everyone into becoming Roundheads, with some crypto Catholics and crypto Catholicks lurking about, until everyone settled on the via media that persists in Blighty to this day.What does all this mean for the Bard Well, he lived smack dab in the middle of the transition from Catholic England to Anglican Pro [...]
Very interesting book about the evidence of Shakespeare being raised, living as, and dying a Catholic More of a review than new scholarship, but does an excellent job of presenting the secondary and tertiary sources in a coherent and balanced fashion I am thoroughly convinced Shakespeare was born, lived, and died a Catholic I think that his devoutness can be inferred from his historical time if you didn t actually care believe you would just get on with being Anglican the fact that he didn t is [...]
Since we know so little about the life of the Bard, this book gives us good evidence for the hidden Catholicism of Shakespeare His upbringing in a devout Catholic home, his association with avowed recusants in the time of great peril for Catholics under Elizabeth I and James I some of those recusants being publicly drawn and quartered and his purchase of a house in London which was a center for secret Old Faith gatherings are just a few of the intriguing associations Pearce gives us Pearce also [...]
A well written book There are many quotable lines in this book, two of which have become my favorite She has sought to steer my robust Muse in the direction of Chestertoinian charity and away from Bellocian bellicosity but oft times in vain and missing the point and impaling themselves on the point of their own pointlessness I learned much about the atmosphere surrounding the life of this poet An awakening glance at the troubled times when Catholics were hounded by the State I have no real inter [...]
I enjoyed the meticulous analysis of Shakespeare s life and times, and it is a very convincing argument that he was a determined Catholic in a time of extreme oppression of Catholics by the crown Looking forward to reading Joseph Pearce s next book Through Shakespeare s Eyes that examines the works of Shakespeare in light of his Catholic faith instead of a Protestant or Agnostic point of view as is usually cited.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, the prose is little over the top at points but he makes a good circumstantial case for Shakespeare being a Catholic He often overplays his hand however suggesting connections and theories that aren t supported by the facts I came away with the conviction that you cannot fully understand the times that Shakespeare wrote without understanding the brutal repression of Catholics in Elizabeth and James England.
I enjoyed reading this snapshot of English history and the work Shakespeare belonged to when he wrote, and most of all his place in that world A definite read for any Shakespeare fan on any Shakespeare scholar as his proposed Catholicism could change the way anyone looks at or interprets his work Certainly to be considered at the very least.
Another great read from Pearce His writing is clear, concise, humorous, and most importantly convincing He lays out evidence in a way that leaves very little room for doubt an repudiates arguments for the other side with both fact and tact.
Fascinating look at the master during a particularly nasty period It is amazing how beauty can come out of such darkness Proof of God s mercy, I suppose Based on today s ugliness, I am confident that there are masters amongst us Maybe you are one
I recently had the pleasure of hearing Joseph Pearce speak about this book at a conference am really looking forward to reading it.
Another fantastic book by Pearce
It absolutely does what it sets out to do It is an interesting puzzle I buy the rationale It just isn t my favorite book.
I m rounding up to give it 4 stars I enjoyed it, the insight into Marlowe, the tenacity of some to hold on to the Olde Faith was interesting I do think Pearce made his case.