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Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness

Sarah Beckwith


William Shakespeare lived at a time when England was undergoing the revolution in ritual theory and practice we know as the English Reformation. With it came an unprecedented transformation in the language of religious life. Whereas priests had once acted as mediators between God and men through sacramental rites, Reformed theology declared the priesthood of all believers. What ensued was not the tidy replacement of one doctrine by another but a long and messy conversation about the conventions of religious life and practice. This book traces the fortunes of this conversation in Shakespeare's ... More

Keywords: religious life, William Shakespeare, Reformation, Reformed theology, penance, confession, absolution, Elizabethan culture, Jacobean culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449789
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Beckwith, author
Duke University