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Through Shakespeare's Eyes Hardcover – February 1, 2010
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Indeed, it was the very atmosphere of Elizabethan England that necessitated Shakespeare's obliqueness. To be openly Catholic at that time was to incur the wrath of the Crown...with the likely consequence of fines, imprisonment, or even a horrible death. Pearce shows how Shakespeare was intimately aware of this through his knowledge of, and possible association with, the martyred Jesuit priests: Fr. Robert Southwell and Fr. Edmund Campion. He even draws parallels between Shakespeare's dramas and the life and writings of these two men.
What is most striking, however, is how Pearce presents the morality, philosophy, and theology of Shakespeare in these plays as being distinctly Catholic...and in direct conflict with the prevailing Machiavelian politics and Relativist philosophies of the day. Overall, it was a most intriguing work that should be read--not just by Catholics--but by every lover of Shakespeare.
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A whole new perspective on The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet and King Lear! My daughter found this very helpful for her presentation on King Lear.Published 21 months ago by Maureen Thorn
Joseph Pearce has a problem: he doesn't write scholarship, he writes polemics. And like all polemicists he tends to have a few ideas that he wants to get across and he does so. Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by Janet Perry