Shakespeare's Hybrid Faith: History, Religion and the Stage by J. MayerShakespeare's Hybrid Faith: History, Religion and the Stage by J. Mayer

Shakespeare's Hybrid Faith: History, Religion and the Stage

byJ. Mayer

Hardcover | August 4, 2006

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This book throws new light on the issue of the dramatist's religious orientation by dismissing sectarian and one-sided theories, tackling the problem from the angle of the variegated Elizabethan context recently uncovered by modern historians and theatre scholars. It is argued that faith was a quest rather than a quiet certainty for the playwright.
JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MAYER is a Senior Research Fellow employed by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and is also a member of the Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neoclassical Age and the Enlightenment (IRCL) at Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier.
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Title:Shakespeare's Hybrid Faith: History, Religion and the StageFormat:HardcoverDimensions:235 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.69 inPublished:August 4, 2006Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023000525X

ISBN - 13:9780230005259

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: Shakespeare's Hybrid Faith Theatre, Witchcraft and the Crisis of Faith in King Henry VI, Parts 1 and 2 Acting the Insubstantial in King Richard III Religious Conscience and the Struggle for the Succession in Richard II "So mak'st thou faith an enemy to faith"- Religion, Propaganda and Dreams of National Unity in King John The Discovery of a "Popish Plot"? The Chamberlain's Men and the 1601 Essex Rising Revisiting the Reformation: Shakespeare and Fletcher's King Henry VIII Conclusion Notes Select Bibliography Index

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'Jean-Christophe Mayer's book...very welcome, as a well-written, responsible, refreshingly sane contrubtion to a debate where overstatement on both sides has been so prevalent and sometimes so damaging'. - Times Literary Supplement'Mayer's quizzical approach makes this book rewardingly level-headed.' - Dr. Woods, Church Times'... this book is historically insightful and convincingly demonstrates the hybrid nature of religion in Elizabethan society... Mayer's book is a useful tool for understanding the religiously infused political atmosphere in which Shakespeare lived.' - Katherine Wilkinson, Early Modern Literary Studies'... thoroughly researched, fresh in approach, and readable.' - Paul Dean, English Studies