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Shakespeare was probably Catholic, says Archbishop of Canterbury

May 30, 2011

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that he thinks William Shakespeare was probably a Catholic.

In a conversation about Shakespeare's life and works, Dr. Rowan Williams said that the available evidence points toward a Catholic background for the playwright. The Anglican leader said, however, that Shakespeare does not seem to have lived an admirable personal life.


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  • Posted by: cellakon52529 - Jun. 01, 2011 2:23 AM ET USA

    According to Archbishop Williams, Shakespeare was not "very nice" because he followed capitalistic business dealings in his personal life rather than socialist business practices which Williams approves of. This appeared in the comments following the Telegraph article. Joan M.

  • Posted by: tony2311 - Jun. 01, 2011 12:00 AM ET USA

    Is the Archbishop trying to make sure that we aren't inclined to canonise Shakespeare?! With Cardinal Newman now beatified, and the Venerable Bede already on our side, he may be trying to downplay the appearance of any more Catholics among high profile British historical figures.