The Bard

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, here are some of the better articles floating around the past week:

Was Shakespeare actually Catholic?

Another article examining the possibility of Shakespeare being a secret Catholic

Shakespeare’s Timely and Timeless Political Thought

Shakespeare: A Man for all Seasons

The influence of Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s still required reading

Shakespeare, Cervantes, and the Romance of the Real

Shakespeare, Four Centuries On

Shakespeare the Conservative?

A bunch from the Oxford University Press blog:

Was Shakespeare popular during his lifetime?

Five random facts about Shakespeare today

Shakespeare’s linguistic legacy

What would Shakespeare do?

Shakespeare as he is today

Translating Shakespeare

Shakespeare around the world

Sexuality in Shakespeare’s plays and poems

Shakespeare and sex in the 16th century

Shakespeare and conscience

What was Shakespeare’s religion