Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Getting a handle on the Bard's relationship to Judaism

Jeremy, who has crafted a fascinating blog that looks at current events through Shakespeare's eyes (so to speak), grapples with Shakespeare's manifest dislike for Jews. It's a fascinating post and I think, provides a useful template for other, modern culture's dislike of Jews. It is worth noting that Shakespeare had almost certainly never seen a Jew. The Jews had been expelled from England in the 12th Century (or is it the 11th? I always forget). They didn't return until the mid 17th Century, which was a long time for stereotypes to develop in a complete informational vacuum.