“There are more things in Heaven and Earth...”
Shakespeare represents the epitome of respectable literary taste, and – born in the same year as Galileo – he lived in supposedly rational, scientific times. Yet Shakespeare's life overlapped with that of John Dee – the court astrologer to Queen Elizabeth who was a reputed sorcerer and necromancer. Shakespeare's plays are filled with witches, ghosts, demons and black magic. How did he portray such supernatural phenomena, and what did he really believe?
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