: Joseph Pearce.
Fulfilling the promise he made in his previous book, The Quest for Shakespeare
, bestselling literary writer Joseph Pearce analyzes in this volume three of Shakespeareâ€™s immortal plays â€” The Merchant of Venice
and King Lear
â€” in order to uncover the Bardâ€™s Catholic beliefs.
In The Quest for Shakespeare
, which has been made into an EWTN television series, Pearce delved into the known biographical evidence for Shakespeareâ€™s Catholicism. Here the popular and provocative author digs into the plays, which were written and first performed during the English crownâ€™s persecution of Catholics. English history and literature were taught for generations through the prism of English Protestantism. Of late both of these fields have been dominated in universities and academic presses by modern scholars with filters and interpretations of their own. Though the evidence for Shakespeareâ€™s Catholicism has been studied before now, thanks, in part, to the unique contribution of Joseph Pearce, the Bardâ€™s genius is being analyzed in the open air of the public arena, the very place where Shakespeare intended his dramas to entertain and edify.
Hardcover. 225 pages.
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