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What Shakespeare’s Editors Don’t Know – by Frank Brownlow

People have been saying that Shakespeare was a Catholic for a long time. Newman thought so, and his contemporary Richard Simpson, St. Edmund Campion’s biogra- pher, was the first scholar to assemble the evidence. In the last twenty-five years or so the sheer pressure of that evidence has lead a fair number of Shakespeare scholars to concede that Shakespeare had a Catholic upbringing. But the idea that, unlike John Donne, he remained Catholic has so far proved unacceptable.

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