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Shakespeare - He Died a Papist

An Icon of the Catholic Shakespeare

Shakespeare - Private Papist
Kevin O'Brien

Blog reader Rob Crisell, who is affiliated with Shakespeare in the Vines in California, sent along something I have never seen before - an icon of William Shakespeare.  I imagine it's the only one that exists.  The Latin phrase means Private Papist, a reference to the fact that Will was a secret Catholic at a time that this was against the law in England.  As you can see it's very well done.  The artist (or "writer" in iconography terms) is Nicholas Ivins.