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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Will: A Catholic?

I've always been intrigued by the thought, and have wanted to learn more about the possible Campion/Shakespeare connection. Who's got the best theory for openers? For my own part, I always thought that the Hamlet scene where he comes across the king praying in the chapel could ONLY be written by someone conscious of how a Catholic intent on revenge would think. Hamlet's worried about the king possibly repenting and dying in a state of grace, so he's afraid to kill him at that moment and send him to heaven when he thinks he deserves hell....and then he'd find himself in hell when his adversary gets sent to heaven. Who could come up with that BUT a Catholic?! And of course, the sweet irony is that far from repenting, the king is relishing it.

Anyway, I've always meant to getting around to reading some books on the theory other than just google people's articles. There seem to be a number of books out advancing the theory....anyone out there got some favorites? Are any of these regarded as *the* master work to read on the subject? Where best to start?


EC Gefroh said...

I believe there is Karen because it was on one of the EWTN primtime shows. But I don't remember much else.

gemoftheocean said...

Yeah, in hazy memory, I think there was some English priest that supposedly wrote *the* masterwork, but I don't remember the name. If I knew "which one" I could order it from Amazon or some such, because what they have stocked is pathetic!
Same old same old.

WhiteStoneNameSeeker said...

I've got a couple of books by Fr Peter Milward SJ and the other big author on this is Claire Asquith. I don't have her book.
It was good to be able to teach the Catholic side of Shakespeare when I was teaching English to my children last year.
It's very interesting the way he used his plays to make a Catholic point without getting arrested.

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