S HAKESPEARE’S R ELIGIOUS B ACKGROUND R EVISITED P ETER M ILWARD , S.J . Sophia University, Tokyo Taylor, Dennis, and David N. Beauregard, O.M.V., eds. Shakespeare and the Culture of Christianity in Early Modern England . No. 6 of Studies in Religion and Literature, ed. John L. Mahoney. New York: Fordham University Press, 2003. Pp. viii + 451. $65.00 cloth, $28.00 paper. * I n undertaking to review this new symposium of articles on the con- troverted subject of Shakespeare’s religious background – if I may be allowed to restore its too general title to what is evidently its proposed aim – I ﬁ nd myself in the invidious position of looking a gift-horse in the mouth; for I am both dedicatee and reviewer of the book. As dedicatee, I am deeply grateful for the honor of being presented with such a ﬁ ne collection of articles, all of them devoted to my favorite subject, and all of them throwing new light on that subject. As reviewer, however, I have to peruse them with a critical eye, or in other words, to examine the teeth of this gift-horse to test them for their soundness. If I may
Religion and the Arts – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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