Was Shakespeare a Jew? Uncovering the Marrano Influences in His Life and Writing

Author: Muller, Ghislain
Year:2011
Pages:376
ISBN:0-7734-3939-0
978-0-7734-3939-9
Price:239.95
This biography of Shakespeare presents a new perspective on the debate surrounding the real identity of William Shakespeare. Muller suggests that Shakespeare was a crypto-Jew who took care to hide his Jewish origins and that Elizabethan authorities, who were aware of this fact, attempted to eliminate any trace of his Jewish origins by making him an Anglo-Saxon hero. Using official documents that have not been employed by other scholars, Muller brings forth evidence that Shakespeare’s father was a Jew living in an England where Jews had been banned since the time of Edward I and the Act of Expulsion in 1290. Muller demonstrates that Shakespeare was brought up in the Jewish faith and that many of his closest connections were from Jewish circles. In addition, Shakespeare’s coat of arms, his retirement to Stratford, and his last will and testament, are further used as evidence that Shakespeare was a Jew. Anyone interested in the works of William Shakespeare, his life, and his true identity, will enjoy this well-researched and written book.

Reviews

“…a piece of good scholarship, the fruit of long and detailed research, based on serious documentary evidence…” – Prof. Daniele Frison, Université Paris Ouest

“…an amazingly brilliant demonstration….every Shakespearean scholar should read this book.” – Prof. Bernard Dhuicq, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword by Danièle Frison

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1 The Mysteries around William Shakespeare

Chapter 2 The Position of Judaism in the 16th Century

Chapter 3 Shakespeare's Family

Chapter 4 The Education of William Shakespeare

Chapter 5 WIlliam's Shakespeare's Professional Activities

Chapter 6 William Shakespeare and the Recognition by the Literary World

Chapter 7 The Public Personality of William Shakespeare

Chapter 8 The Name of Shakespeare

Chapter 9 New Place

Chapter 10 William Shakespeare's Physical Appearance

Chapter 11 Shakespeare's Relationships

Chapter 12 Shakespeare's Legacy

Conclusion

Chronology

Bibliography

Index