Skip to comments.William Shakespeare Was Probably a Catholic, Says Archbishop of Canterbury
Posted on 05/29/2011 10:41:42 AM PDT by marshmallow
William Shakespeare was probably a Catholic, according to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who discussed spirituality and secularism in the Bards plays with the actor Simon Russell Beale.
Little is known of Shakespeares life and there is no direct evidence of his religious affiliation, but Dr Rowan Williams said he believed him to be a Catholic. I dont think it tells us a great deal, to settle whether he was a Catholic or a Protestant, but for what its worth I think he probably had a Catholic background and a lot of Catholic friends and associates.
How much he believed in it, or what he did about it, I dont quite know. He wasnt a very nice man in many ways its always very shocking, that. The late Shakespeare was hoarding grain and buying up property in Stratford it was not terribly attractive.
However, he went on: The extent to which I want to call him a Christian is not [an attempt] to kidnap him for the tribal trophy wall, but a) because everybody at that time was some sort of Christian, and b) there are things in his plays you cant understand without understanding the notions of forgiveness and free grace.
He wrestled with human questions and he ends up saying there is a great deal more to all this than some might think. That mysteriousness is part of what the plays are about. That seems impossible without something of the sacred.
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Since when are we to believe anything that Dr. Rowan Williams has to say? The Bard may have been Catholic, but Williams saying so makes me want to think just the opposite.
Spoken like a true Marxist.
He was investing in real estate and grain futures. He was a (gasp) capitalist!!!
I read a couple of years ago Shakespeare might have been a Sephardic Jewish woman!
I had family several miles down the Avon, who were hording grain, buying property, and charging high interest. They were rather High Church though.
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I agree. If I were inclined to the Catholic-Shakespeare theory, having the arch-Druid supporting it would make me think again.
Sheikh Spear was a muslim
So was Moses!
Firstly, I think the entire premise about Shakespeare being Catholic or Anglican is infinitely debatable with no definite proof one way or the other. Most likely he WAS Catholic, but I don't see it making a difference at all -- he was pretty definitely not a Puritan/Calvinist, but he could have been a High Church Anglican
Secondly, Rowan seems to think Willy-boy was not nice because he practiced capitalism....
About real estate buying -- come on, a guy writing plays probably thought that he never knew when the money would dry up, whereas if you had land, you could always have some money or goods coming in -- that's how the nobility had survived and quite frankly how most survived in the pre-Industrial era. What was wrong with him buying up property to ensure his and his descendents future?
I wonder how many freepers now know the difference between High Church and Low Church? I think the Lutherans also had the same concept. is that correct, Belt, red?
Moses he knowses his toeses are roses but Moses supposes erroneously (*cue for Gene Kelly dance*)
Somewhat. Most Synods don’t have a clear divide between High and low, and the LCMS is more of a high church synod than not. But the divide is there.
Do you reckon folks know the difference? I was just reading an interesting short Fr. Brown story by GK Chesterton and he pointed it out that most English folks in the 30s didn’t know! Well, of course I doubt I knew the difference until I was in my 20s
Depends on how many parishes they have been to, and where.
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