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By Beatrice Batson / Baylor University Press / 2006
This volume explores the influence of Catholicism and Protestantism on a trio of Shakespeare’s tragedies: Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and Hamlet. Bypassing the discussion of Shakespeare’s personal religious beliefs, Batson instead focuses on distinct footprints left by Catholic and Protestant traditions that underlie and inform Shakespeare’s artistic genius.
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The cultural air of Elizabethan England was thick with theological discourse, yet Shakespeare has often been read as if he hovered above it all in a sublime cocoon of pure art. This stimulating collection of smart essays demonstrates not only that Shakespeare was theologically informed but also that Christian language and concepts were integral to the design of his major tragedies. The formidable contributors enable us to hear lost echoes of Scripture and sermon, polemic, and Prayer Book that reverberate in nearly every scene.
—Peter Leithart, adjunct senior fellow of theology, New St. Andrews College
Beatrice Batson (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is professor emeritus of English at Wheaton College.