Epilogue: Shakespeare and Milton Grapple with Kingship

  • Mary Jo Kietzman
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Abstract

In the Epilogue to The Biblical Covenant in Shakespeare, Kietzman suggests that The Tempest is Shakespeare’s statement about how the Bible should and should not be used by rulers: it should not serve the Machiavellian function of mystifying power, but its key notion of covenant should be lived out in the ruler’s relation with his subjects. Kietzman concludes with a brief discussion of the covenantal politics Milton articulates in The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates (1649) using the same biblical places from I Samuel that Shakespeare refigures. Finally, she turns to Eikonoklastes and Milton’s accusation that Charles I misused his Shakespeare, imitating tyrants like Richard III instead of listening to the thousand several tongues in the biblical conscience of the plays, whispering their suggestions for reform.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Jo Kietzman
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  1. 1.University of Michigan–FlintFlintUSA

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