Shakespeare's Mystery Play

Shakespeare's Mystery Play

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Through considerable detective work, this work sets out to show that Julius Caeser was the first play performed at the new Globe Theatre on 12 June 1599. Drawing on many areas of expertise, which are rarely allied in Shakespeare scholarship to such an extent, including biblical, liturgical, social and theatrical history, the author sheds new light not only on Julius Caeser but on a variety of accepted beliefs. These include: why Hamlet was not crowned king when his father died; why Brutus would not swear to murder Caeser; why the Elizabethan authorities retained the Julian calender; and why the orthodox dates of the first composition of both Twelfth Night and Hamlet can be called into question.In Julius Caesar Shakespeare asked a series of questions of faith, and then answered them mimetically. ... In Twelfth Night, Shakespeare interrogated the other crucial event which occurred at the inception of Christianity - the evangelization ofanbsp;...

Title:Shakespeare's Mystery Play
Author: Steve Sohmer
Publisher:Manchester University Press - 1999

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