Oxford’s Letters

In contrast to William of Stratford, for whom we have nothing but 6 signature scrawls on legal documents, we know of at least 50 letters in Oxford’s own hand that have survived (chiefly thanks to his Cecil in-laws).  Of these, 38 give evidence of his nature, how his mind worked, and how his pen translated what he was thinking to paper. In that time of impenetrable squiggles known as the Secretary hand, he was one of the first to use a clear, totally readable, Italic hand.  These letters, transcribed into modern English, are available online thanks to Oxfordian scholar Nina Green who has put them on her comprehensive website.

Oxford’s Letters available on 2-disk CD

Thanks to earlier Oxfordians William Plumer Fowler, and Katherine Chiljan we have these letters in print.  Even so the language of the time makes it difficult for most of us to hear them as the Elizabethans would.  Now, with the expertise of the great Shakespearean actor Sir Derek Jacobi giving them their proper accent and emphasis (keeping in mind that these are private letters to family members, not meant as works of entertainment or art), you can judge for yourself whether or not the man who wrote them could have written Shakespeare.  The CD in question was created a few years ago by a team consisting of myself as writer, Malcolm Blackwell as producer and recordist, and Susan Campbell as co-producer.  To order.

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