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The Faith of William Shakespeare

A one-day conference in collaboration with The University of Birmingham

On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation we explore what that meant to Shakespeare & Stratford-upon-Avon.

Professor Peter Marshall (University of Warwick) will present an overview of religion during Shakespeare's time; Professor Graham Holderness (University of Hertfordshire) will talk about Shakespeare's Calvinism; Dr Tara Hamling (University of Birmingham) will curate a special exhibition based on Reformation-related material from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's Collections; Professor Ann Hughes (Keele University) considers Stratford-upon-Avon's Puritans; Dr Jonathan Willis (University of Birmingham) discusses public worship; Dr Cathryn Enis (University of Birmingham) will speak about friendships at a time of religious division; and Dr Robert Bearman (Honorary Fellow, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust) will talk about religion and Shakespeare's daily mind. The conference is hosted by Dr Paul Edmondson, Head of Research, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

​​With grateful acknowledgement to Lion Hudson Publishing for sponsoring this event.

Fee: £25.00 (£20.00 SBT Friends), includes refreshments (not lunch), and a copy of Graham Holderness's new book, The Faith of William Shakespeare.

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Venue: The Wolfson Hall, The Shakespeare Centre. 

Arrivals from 9.45am. The opening session starts at 10.00am. The day finishes at 5.00pm. 

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