We were extremely privileged to welcome Clare Asquith to Downside this week for a fascinating talk on Shakespeare and the possibility he may have been a Catholic. 

Clare has written two books on Shakespeare, Shadowplay and Shakespeare and the Resistance, and her talk summarised both books. Many, if not all of us, will have read Shakespeare at some point in our lives, but how many actually completely understood what we were reading? This is the idea behind Clare’s talk, that Shakespeare used coded methods to talk about the political subjects of the day. 

It was fascinating to listen to these ideas put forward and many attendees said they would now re-read Shakespeare with one eye on what Clare had said! 

We will be stocking copies of Clare’s book in the abbey bookshop, click here to have a look.