Shakespeare, who wrote at the beginning of the long period in which the Catholic faith as violently suppressed in the British Isles, has long enjoyed an iconic status. Some readers have interpreted him as an early agnostic, expressing modern angst about whether anything exists besides “this mortal coil” that seems to be merely “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” In recent years, however, thanks largely to the work of Peter Milward, close study of Shakespeare’s plays has raised the question: Was Shakespeare in fact a believing Catholic? To this question, which radically changes the way that Shakespeare’s plays should be read, Milward here offers, in his definitive study of the topic, a resounding “Yes.”
The Catholic University of America Press, 2006. Softcover, 324 pp.