History has been kind to the Cecils because the Cecils have been kind to history, for without them and their vast collection of papers at Hatfield, only fully calendared within the last thirty years, there would be little understanding of their period, or of the one preceding. (Some of their collections have been put online, so … Continue reading The Cecils and History
Was Marlowe Shakespeare? Despite the problem of Marlowe’s well-documented assassination by government agents in 1593, Marlovians cling to this idea largely because of crossovers (direct quotes and similar phrasing) between his works and those of Shakespeare. It’s easier for them to imagine their hero as escaping the scoundrels who were out to kill him, stowing … Continue reading Oxford and Marlowe
Now that we know something of Oxford’s personal timeline we can begin to locate the moment when it’s most likely he was inspired (or driven) to write the first version of a particular play. This is complicated by the fact that all but one or two of his greatest plays are the result of his … Continue reading Dating the plays by Oxford’s biography
The following is the substance of the lecture I gave recently at the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship Conference in Hartford CT. It’s so obvious that a man from William of Stratford’s background, that of an uneducated 16th-century wool dealer’s son from a town three days ride by horseback from England’s only theatrical city, simply COULD NOT … Continue reading Why is it taking so long for the Academy to deal with the Authorship Question?
The great anomalies that have dogged Shakespeare from the start, whether associated with his name, his person, his plays, or the theaters that introduced them to the world, all can be traced to a single cause, the biography of William of Stratford. Reduce his narrow if necessary role to that of provider of a name … Continue reading Out, damned biography! Out I say!
The major reason why, so far, it has been impossible to prove conclusively Oxford’s authorship of the Shakespeare canon, is the fact that there are simply no records of what, considering the impact it has had on the lives of English-speakers ever since, of what must have been an astonishing phenomenon at the time. This, … Continue reading The missing evidence
Hello again! After nine months of silence I’m ready to blog again. The effort that went into creating the final publishable version of THE BOOK I’ve been working on for years hasn’t allowed me the time or the energy for anything else. Throughout the early 1990s, after being awakened to the authorship question via Charlton … Continue reading I’m back!
Throughout the process of researching this period in English history, again and again I will run into what seems to be an interrupted narrative, the interruption occurring just when and where there ought to be relevant material. Anyone wishing to write about Oxford who attempts to review the record will have the same experience: just … Continue reading Missing evidence
The story told in the pages presented here has taken a very long time to unfold. It began in 1986 (two years short of my 50th birthday) with Ogburn’s The Mysterious William, published two years earlier. Having read everything I could find on the life of Lord Byron and knowing something of the lives of … Continue reading Looking back
Reviewing Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe by Chris Laoutaris; Penguin, 2014 The great mystery, of course, is how and by what means the London Stage was brought to life during one of the most repressive periods in Western History. Laoutaris focuses on a small piece of that mystery, namely … Continue reading Unravelling the Mystery: The Professor and the un-Countess