Thursday, March 21, 2013

De Vere Is Shakespeare: It Just Makes Sense

The De Vere Society (of which I'm a longstanding friend and admirer) has launched a nifty poster campaign which is designed "to raise the profile of the Shakespeare Authorship Question in the public's mind by questioning the Stratfordian claims to authorship."

A second aim is to encourage inquiring minds to visit the De Vere Society (U.K) website where they can discover all sorts of intriguing, enlightening information about the authorship question, the remarkably inept historiography used by Stratfordians, Edward de Vere himself, and more.

Along with the link to the website above, I'll also give you a peek at the poster. And, because the print is small in this copy, I provide the content in bigger print below. Then, below the poster's content, I'll provide a couple of other Book Den posts related to the Shakespeare authorship controversy.

“Is this an impostor I see before me?” 

• In nearly 200 years of research, no-one has discovered a single piece of corroborative evidence that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon was a writer. • There is no evidence that he received a formal education. Yet the works attributed to him were clearly written by an exceptionally gifted classical scholar. 

• There is no evidence that he ever travelled abroad. Yet 16 of the plays attributed to him display first-hand knowledge of Italian cities and require the author to have been fluent in Italian. 

 • No document has ever been discovered which records any payment to him as the author of a play. 

• There are no letters written by him even though, while he was living in London, his wife and daughters were living in Stratford, and the only examples of his handwriting are six poorly written signatures of variable spelling. 

• The only evidence we do have records a man interested in modest property deals, suing debtors for small sums and serial tax evasion – nothing whatever to suggest he was the leading light of the Elizabethan age. 

Academics refuse even to admit that the Authorship Question is a legitimate subject of debate. Instead, year after year, they publish ever more fanciful fictionalised biographies of William of Stratford – having no qualms about presenting conjecture as fact. 

Yet there is now a growing clamour from outside the walls of academia of scholars asking to be let inside so they can point out that the Emperor and all his courtiers are wearing no clothes. 

Previous Book Den posts:

Once More On The Authorship Debate  

Reading Roundup: A Few Items from Literary Sites You Might Have Missed (with a link within to "A Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare.")