One feels that the central purpose of this new portrait is to establish Shakespeare as a Catholic. Chronologically, Countess De Chambrun, an inveterate Shakespeare scholar, reconstructs the life of the playwright. Competently as a historian, she reports extant biographical data, including any information which might be relevant. As a literary critic she examines internal evidence which may or may not substantiate alleged claims. The preamble to this academic work discusses the public events of this day -- knowledge prerequisite to a comprehensive understanding of the poet-playwright since his work ""bears the indelible imprint of heredity and education..."" Boyhood experiences, traumatic and otherwise, are shown incorporated into his inspirations. The author offers much to support her claims that Shakespeare was a Catholic. Glimpses into important political figures, relatives, colleagues, figure significantly in this aim to effect a complete portrait. Only recommended for the diligent student.