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The Quest for Shakespeare

In 15 Audio on 2015/10/02 at 12:00 AM

Host – Joseph Pearce

A scholarly exploration of the evidence for Shakespeare’s Catholicism hosted by Joseph Pearce and brought to life by professional actors. Shakespeare is arguably the greatest writer whoever lived yet few people know that he was a believing Catholic at a time of intense anti-Catholic persecution. This series follows the Quest for Shakespeare, discovering the evidence for his Catholicism. Once the evidence is discovered and presented, in these thirteen episodes, it will be seen that his Catholicism can be proven beyond all reasonable doubt.

The Quest for Shakespeare

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Program Name

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1.

Will the Real Shakespeare Please Stand Up? 

Host – Joseph Pearce

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The first episode of a new series examining the evidence for Shakespeare’s Catholicism.

2.

His Father’s Will 

Host – Joseph Pearce

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The discovery of a spiritual last will and testament, written by Shakespeare’s father, proves that the Playwright was raised in a staunchly Catholic home.

3.

Faith of his Fathers 

Host – Joseph Pearce

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An examination of Shakespeare’s Catholic family.

4.

Living with Outlaws 

Host – Joseph Pearce

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Life for the young Shakespeare, at home in Stratford-upon-Avon, was fraught with danger and intrigue as his family faced the threat of persecution for its Catholic faith.

5.

A Rose by Any Other Name 

Host – Joseph Pearce

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Did Shakespeare work secretly as a schoolmaster in a Catholic stately home? The evidence is examined.

6.

Love’s Labours, Lost Years 

Host – Joseph Pearce

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The controversy surrounding Shakespeare’s marriage and the baptism of his children, and the mystery surrounding his “lost years”.

7.

Murdered Spy, Martyred Priest 

Host – Joseph Pearce

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Shakespeare’s relationship with Christopher Marlowe and St Robert Southwell.

8.

Playing Safe with the Queen 

Host – Joseph Pearce

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The complex nature of Shakespeare’s relationship with Queen Elizabeth.

9.

Family, Friends and Enemies 

Host – Joseph Pearce

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The evidence for Shakespeare’s Catholicism to be discovered in his relationship with his family and friends, as well as in his conflicts with his opponents.

10.

The King’s Good Servant 

Host – Joseph Pearce

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The complexities of Shakespeare’s relationship with King James I. How could he remain the King’s good servant, but God’s first?

11.

The Lessons of Lear 

Host – Joseph Pearce

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How Shakespeare’s Catholic sympathies can be discovered in his play, King Lear.

12.

Last Years 

Host – Joseph Pearce

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Shakespeare’s final years, after his retirement and his return home to Stratford, and the Catholic circles in which he moved.

13.

“He Died a Papist” 

Host – Joseph Pearce

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The evidence of Shakespeare’s will that suggests that he died, as he had lived, as a believing Catholic.

14.

Host – Joseph Pearce

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