Common themes in Richard Hooker and William Shakespeare?

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  1. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritanboard Commissioner

    I came across the below statement in one of Brad Littlejohn's books. Does anyone know what were the parallel themes in The Taming of the Shrew and The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity?

    While Hooker was in London drafting his Laws, Shakespeare was just on the opposite bank of the Thames writing The Taming of the Shrew (which has some interesting thematic parallels with the Laws, actually) ...

    W. Bradford Littlejohn, Richard Hooker: A Companion to His Life and Work (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015), p. 3.
     
  2. Stephen L Smith

    Stephen L Smith Moderator Staff Member

    There must indeed be parallels because you posted this twice :)
     
  3. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritanboard Commissioner

    Not sure how that happened. Use your moderatorial authority to delete the rogue thread, please.
     
  4. Stephen L Smith

    Stephen L Smith Moderator Staff Member

    My Irish Aunty told me you must expect strange things when the Irish are around ;)
    Done
     
  5. py3ak

    py3ak They're stalling and plotting against me Staff Member

    While not professing to read Littlejohn's mind, two obvious points that come up would be submission to authority and questions of grace and forgiveness. Marilynne Robinson has recently drawn attention to the neglect of grace as a Shakespearian theme.
     
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