365 Days of Shakespeare

That's right – the Bard in a year.

82. Good call, Jess Winfield.

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One of my current favorite books is a delightfully bizarre novel called My Name is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare. In it, you will find, unsurprisingly, sex, drugs, and lots and lots of Shakespeare. Winfield was one of the authors of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), as well as being one of the founding members of the trio troupe, so it is no shock when you find yourself giggling aloud every page or so, no matter your depth of Shakespeare knowledge. However, amidst all the hilarity, there is a fascinating thesis statement: Shakespeare was secretly a Catholic.

Now, I’m not going to go into all the textual evidence (not a lot) or the abundance of essays and publications that agree with the statement (a lot, but too many to narrow down unless I devoted about a month to nothing but that topic). But I will say that this article grabbed my attention this evening.

In the article, claims that a signature on a document from the Venerable English College, the seminary in Rome for English Catholic priests, proves that Shakespeare made a pilgrimage there. The signature is one of “Arthurus Stratfordus Wigomniensis” in 1585, and “Gulielmus Clerkue Stratfordiensis” in 1589. The translation of each signature could mean, respectively, “[King] Arthur’s [compatriot] from Stratford [in the diocese] of Worcester” and “William the Clerk from Stratford”.

Since the entries fall in Shakespeare’s “missing years”, from 1585-1592, that adds quite a bit of weight to the theory. Perhaps this is what he was doing with his time that is as of now unaccounted for.

Check out the article for more detail, and definitely check out My Name is Will for a more humorous take on the idea!

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Written by Caroline Mincks

December 22, 2009 at 12:08 AM

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    Stacia Grieb

    January 18, 2010 at 11:41 AM


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