Written via a world group of literary students and historians, this collaborative quantity illuminates the range of early smooth spiritual ideals and practices in Shakespeare's England, and considers how spiritual tradition is imaginatively reanimated in Shakespeare's performs. Fourteen new essays discover the artistic methods Shakespeare engaged with the multi-faceted dimensions of Protestantism, Catholicism, non-Christian religions together with Judaism and Islam, and secular views, contemplating performs reminiscent of Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King John, King Lear, Macbeth, degree for degree, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Winter's story. the gathering is of significant curiosity to readers of Shakespeare reviews, early sleek literature, spiritual experiences, and early sleek background.
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