Secret Shakespeare: Studies in Theatre, Religion and Resistance

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Shakespeare's Catholic context was the most important literary discovery of the twentieth-century. No biography of the Bard is now complete without chapters on the paranoia and persecution in which he was educated, or the treason which engulfed his family. Whether to suffer outrageous fortune or take up arms in suicidal resistance was, as Hamlet says, 'the question' that fired Shakespeare's stage. In Secret Shakespeare Richard Wilson asks why the dramatist remained so enigmatic about his own beliefs, and so silent on the atrocities he survived. Shakespeare constructed a drama not of discovery, like his rivals, but of darkness, deferral, evasion and disguise, where, for all his hopes of a 'golden time' of future toleration, 'What's to come' is always unsure. Whether or not 'He died a papist', it is because we can never 'pluck out the heart' of his mystery that Shakespeare's plays retain their unique potential to resist.

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Wilson writes with great verve and his passionate sense of discovery makes for an engaging book. Wilson writes with great verve and his passionate sense of discovery makes for an engaging book. --Thomas Healy, Birkbeck College, LondonThomas Healy, Birkbeck College, London

Richard Wilson has done more than any other critic in this field to contextualise Shakespeare's persistent contact with Roman Catholicism, and this marks a major step forward in our understanding of the poet s religious and political attitudes. --James Ellison, University of Dundee - Early Modern Literary Studies

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