Romance & Resurrection

'The Gospel According to Shakespeare'

Piero Boitani
Translated by Vittorio Montemaggi and Rachel Jacoff
University of Notre Dame Press, $27, 168 pp.

In recent years some Catholic scholars have revived the claim that Shakespeare was a crypto-Catholic—and was so at a time when being Catholic in Anglican England was against the law. In its milder form, this claim offers little more than an opportunity for Catholics to take pride in the great bard as one of our own. In its more extreme form, though, it is used to argue that Shakespeare’s plays are full of coded messages to his fellow recusants. Such arguments reinforce the unfortunate...

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About the Author

Paul K. Johnston teaches American literature at SUNY Plattsburgh.