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1 Political Theologies in Shakespeare s England

2 Also by Debora Kuller Shuger HABITS OF THOUGHT IN THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE: Religion, Politics, and the Dominant Culture RELIGION AND CULTURE IN RENAISSANCE ENGLAND (co-edited with Claire McEachern) THE RENAISSANCE BIBLE: Scholarship, Subjectivity, and Sacrifice SACRED RHETORIC: The Christian Grand Style in the English Renaissance

3 Political Theologies in Shakespeare s England The Sacred and the State in Measure for Measure Debora Kuller Shuger Professor of English UCLA Los Angeles California

4 Debora Kuller Shuger 2001 Reprint of the original edition 2001 All rights reserved. No reproduction, copy or transmission of this publication may be made without written permission. No paragraph of this publication may be reproduced, copied or transmitted save with written permission or in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, or under the terms of any licence permitting limited copying issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency, 90 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4LP. Any person who does any unauthorised act in relation to this publication may be liable to criminal prosecution and civil claims for damages. The author has asserted her right to be identified as the author of this work in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act First published 2001 by PALGRAVE Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 6XS and 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y Companies and representatives throughout the world PALGRAVE is the new global academic imprint of St. Martin s Press LLC Scholarly and Reference Division and Palgrave Publishers Ltd (formerly Macmillan Press Ltd). ISBN DOI / This book is printed on paper suitable for recycling and made from fully managed and sustained forest sources. A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Shuger, Debora Kuller. Political theologies in Shakespeare s England : the sacred and the state in Measure for measure / Debora Kuller Shuger. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN (cloth) ISBN (paper) 1. Shakespeare, William, Measure for measure. 2. Shakespeare, William, Political and social views. 3. Religion and politics Great Britain History 17th century. 4. Religion and politics Great Britain History 16th century. 5. Political science Great Britain History 17th century. 6. Political science Great Britain History 16th century. 7. Whetstone, George, 1544? 1587? Promos and Cassandra. 8. Shakespeare, William, Theology. 9. Christianity and politics. 10 Religion and politics. I. Title. PR dc21.s ISBN (ebook)

5 Bei der Vergleichung überzeugte ich mich, daß das historisch Überlieferte selbst schöner und jedenfalls interessanter sei, als die romantische Fiction Leopold von Ranke

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7 Contents Acknowledgements ix Introduction 1 Two notes on method 6 1. The Rebel Codpiece and the State 9 The rule of law 13 Ancient political thought and the Laws 17 The Athenian Stranger and the English Reformation 21 Sexual regulation 24 The wages of sin 30 Excursus Political Theology 39 Sacral loci 43 Sacred kingship 54 The godly prince and the pirate king The Throne of God: Absolutism, Equity, and Christian Justice 72 Absolute power 78 Absolute justice 82 The theater of equity 93 4 The King of Souls 102 The spiritual jurisdiction of the state 110 Puritans, penance, and ecclesiastical polity 117 The soul of the condemned 126 The politics of mercy 131 Christ s other kingdom: political theology in Africa 134 Notes 141 Bibliography 177 Index 189 vii

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9 Acknowledgements I began this book in 1997, having received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to work on a quite different project, and I am finishing it now, three years later, as a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. For the generosity of both these institutions, I am deeply grateful. Holly Crawford, Stephen Greenblatt, Carol Kaske, Jeff Knapp, Rich McCoy, Peter Miller, and Karen Orren read drafts of the entire manuscript and responded with wonderful questions, compliments and criticisms. Before that, Rob Watson, having struggled through 50 pages of single-spaced free association, helped me see how this promiscuous collection of saplings might become a proper forest. Friends and colleagues have time and again provided crucial information and thoughtful commentary. I would especially like to thank Al Braunmuller, Reg Foakes, David Halperin, Andy Kelley, Peter Lake, Claire McEachern, Vince Pecora, Jonathan Post, Mike Schoenfeldt, and, above all, David Schalkwyk of the University at Cape Town, who, over dinner one rainy night in Cleveland, told me about South Africa s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. My research assistant, Lisa Itagaki, subsequently provided invaluable help with material on the Commission. I am likewise grateful to Anne Meyers for her splendid assistance in repairing defective footnotes and bibliographic lacunae. For my family, my deepest thanks: for my husband and daughter, who have been unfailing companions and comforters, and for my father, Alan Kuller, whose knowledge of the law and its history has enlightened my own darkness more than once. ix

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