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Published: 03 November 2020

272 Pages | 7 Illustrations

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198857310

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Shakespeare and the Play Scripts of Private Prayer

Ceri Sullivan

  • The first study of private prayers as play scripts, miniature fictions requiring the reader to enter, imaginatively, into an unfamiliar character, just as an actor might enter into her part
  • An original approach that treats the prayers in Shakespeare's history plays as more than merely phatic or intensifiers
  • Engages with hundreds of primary texts on how to pray, published during Shakespeare's working life
  • Reconstructs the culture of private devotion, inviting the reader to see the world through the eyes of an early modern Protestant at prayer