Saturday, July 09, 2016

"Go, and he goeth" - Shakespeare, an Eye or Ear for Queen Elizabeth I

Fukushima Station, Japan

Shakespeare, an Eye or Ear for Queen Elizabeth I

There were the eyes and ears on dress of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) as depicted in the rainbow portrait.

File:Elizabeth I Rainbow Portrait.jpg

Queen Elizabeth I lived in a dangerous situation.  At the time, some British royal members were executed in strife over the royal throne of England.  She had some grave rivals among her relatives.  In addition, she happened to be a great enemy of the Vatican that rather encouraged assassination of Queen Elizabeth I.

So, she needed information.  She must have supervised undercover work.  So, she must have hired and used some spies to gather information that could be critical to her.  And one of them must have been William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

Shakespeare was a kind of Catholic, since his parents were Catholics.  He had some connection to Catholic communities in England.   But he was not so strongly attached to the Vatican.  Rather, as his theater company was recognized by the court of the Queen, he must have had a sense of loyalty to the Queen.

From a viewpoint of the court of the Queen, Shakespeare looked like having favorable conditions to be a spy for the Queen.  Shakespeare, whose association could be welcomed by Catholics due to his profession, would gather and bring to the court useful information about Catholics in London who might have a secret tie with the Vatican.

So, Shakespeare must have been working as a kind of spy for Queen Elizabeth I.  Probably, he was one of the eyes or ears for the Queen.  That is why Shakespeare was trusted so much that he had communications with some well-learnt noblemen to know lives and behaviors of British noble class, which came to be reflected in his works.  That is why there are a very high level of knowledge and cultural senses in Shakespeare's works that could not be obtained without a close tie with the British noblemen.  That is also why there are theories that some noblemen actually wrote works of Shakespeare.

It can be really felt in Shakespeare's career that he tried to hide something.  Even his tomb hides something.  The following words are engraved on the tomb stone of Shakespeare's tomb:
Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear, /
To dig the dust enclosed here. / 
Blessed be the man that spares these stones, / 
And cursed be he that moves my bones.

Shakespeare was afraid of being identified as a spy hired by Queen Elizabeth I.  So, when he retired, he left London without regret since Queen Elizabeth had already died and he did want to leave the city where he had worked as a spy for the Queen.  His life in London must have been not so pleasant and safe, since he spied some Catholics or those who were suspected of having a secret tie with the Vatican.  He must have left London to come back to his home town Stratford-upon-Avon without regret.

Scholars find evidence both for and against Shakespeare's Catholicism, Protestantism, or lack of belief in his plays, but the truth may be impossible to prove.

To be a excellent spy working for the Queen while communicating with Catholics, Shakespeare must have needed to look rather ambiguous about his religion.

However, as the Queen had many eyes and ears, there must not have been much written evidence at all on the British royal court side that tells that Shakespeare was a spy.

Nonetheless, it became a tradition of the British royal court and later the British Government to use useful spies as many as possible.  Even today, many spies are working for the British Government.  That is why the death of Princess Diana in 1997 is so grave to the current Queen.

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Luk 7:7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
Luk 7:8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
Luk 7:9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.