“This is a most impressive book, one that is sure to have an impact, raise questions, and create controversy.”
–Herbert Lindenberger
Stanford University
“An exciting, thoughtful, and challenging book. Kronenfeld makes a strong case for the traditional Christian moral framework of King Lear, contra the various ‘radical Shakespeares’ of current criticism. She also offers a subtle and powerful model of historical change.”
–Debora Shuger,
University of California, Los Angeles
 
Reviews
¯“Kronenfeld investigates images and metaphors of nakedness, clothing, and the other ‘material realities’ to which they relate in Renaissance religion, politics, and literature, and applies what she discovers about their meanings to King Lear…. In contrast to other studies of Shakespeare’s politics, Kronenfeld examines the range and nature of the politics depicted through metaphors and images of nakedness and clothing in King Lear and many other Renaissance religious, political, and literary texts.”¯
Sixteenth Century Journal 
¯“[A] learned, intelligent, and interesting book…. [A] wide-ranging knowledge of Renaissance religious and political commentary and of current criticism is made available in a lucid and persuasive argument.”¯
– Edward Pechter
Journal of English and Germanic Philology
¯“Kronenfeld’s achievement here is enormous, particularly in providing a necessary corrective to versions of historicism that seem Old in all but political slant.”¯
– Andrew James Hartley
Christianity and Literature
¯“To read [this] book…is to encounter a mind capable of tackling the most sophisticated of historical and theoretical topics with both grace and reason. Kronenfeld takes us on a tour both of history and of Shakespeare’s text in a way that finally leaves each seeming at once extremely complex but also much more readily comprehensible. She manages the difficult feat of clarifying without simplifying, and for that reason alone her book is well worth the attention of any serious student of Lear, Shakespeare, the Renaissance, and literary theory.”¯
Ben Jonson Journal 
¯“Judy Kronenfeld has written an exceptionally learned and intelligent first book whose primary contribution to the field of Renaissance studies is polemical.”¯
– Jeffrey Knapp
Church History
¯“King Lear and the Naked Truth is richly researched, deeply learned, and largely achieves what it sets out to do. This is an important study from which all readers will learn.”¯
– Ronald Knowles
Renaissance Quarterly
¯“Judy Kronenfeld’s book on political criticism and King Lear makes some important points and provides a rich florilegium of quotations from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century homiletic texts (along with an excellent bibliography). It is a book anyone doing sociohistorical or political criticism of Shakespeare, or of any Elizabethan or Jacobean texts, should take seriously.”¯
– Richard Strier
Shakespeare Quarterly
¯“[T]he historical research here is admirable and important.”
– Ken Jackson
Early Modern Literary Studies
¯“Kronenfeld’s painstaking reconstruction of English Reformed thought on subjects such as charity, rank, and the family deserves a wide audience…. Her thoughtful and challenging critique of new historical readings of Lear also merits consideration.”¯
– Kenneth J. E. Graham
Modern Philology