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Why is Shakespeare so mysterious? Because he was a Catholic in an age of vicious persecution

A woman looks at portraits of Shakespeare at the National Portrait Gallery in London

Generations of Englishmen have ignored or smothered the Bard’s ‘treacherous’ popery

The poet who saved a saint’s priceless letters

Catholic convert Roy Campbell was the inspiration for the Lord of the Rings character Aragorn

Joseph Pearce recalls the extraordinary life of Roy Campbell, who hid St John of the Cross’s letters from Spanish militiamen