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Texts and Traditions: Religion in Shakespeare 1592 - 1604

Beatrice Groves


This book explores Shakespeare's thoroughgoing engagement with the religious culture of his time. In the wake of the recent resurgence of interest in Shakespeare's Catholicism, the book eschews a reductively biographical approach and considers instead the ways in which Shakespeare's borrowing from both the visual culture of Catholicism and the linguistic wealth of the Protestant English Bible enriched his drama. Through close readings of a number of plays — Romeo and Juliet, King John, Henry IV, Henry V, and Measure for Measure — the author unearths and explains previously unrecognised allusio ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, religious culture, Catholicism, Protestantism, Romeo and Juliet, Bible, liturgy, mystery plays

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199208982
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beatrice Groves, author
Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford