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Shakespeare authorship mystery a beginners guide

As the world's greatest author, Shakespeare has attracted attention from scholars and laypersons alike. But more and more people have questioned whether the historical Shakespeare wrote the plays popularly attributed to him. While other sites on the subject have argued that some other particular person wrote the plays, this site attempts to briefly revisit the authorship question without an ideological bias, for the beginners.

Introduction: Eulogies to Greatness

Thirty eulogies were printed and published about Sir Francis Bacon when he died in 1626, ten years after Shakespeare. The death of Shakespeare was apparently marked by a resounding silence.

Barriers and Access to specific knowledge

Leaving aside seeming metaphysical and mystical analysis, the particular building blocks of this BARRIER, to the belief that he did uncover and make use of in unrivalled fashion the ‘higher knowledge’ dimension

The search for identity

We may not ‘know’ Shakspere, or Shakespeare as he became, but we can explore ‘facts’ and evidenced ‘assumptions’ and ‘presumptions’ as fairly in this age as fifty years after his death, when the ‘identity’ questions slowly started to arise.

The questions arise

So we find that The Shakespeare Wonder is shadowed by The Shakespeare Mystery: accompanied by “Cheering doubters and outraged traditionalists”

Your choice of beliefs Shakspere Wrote Shakespeare

Shakspere Wrote Shakespeare An aristocrat wrote Shakespeare Shakspere as collaborator, then a patron appeared Shakespeare as willing conspirator and ‘outlet’ Shakespeare groomed for stardom

Candidates for Shakespeare

Mark Twain said Shakespeare was not written by Shakespeare but by someone else of the same name. Another humourist believes that “Bacon supplied the plots, Oxford the poetry and Shakespeare the jokes!”

Candidates for Shakespeare Edward de Vere

17th Earl of Oxford (b.1550 d. 1604) aged 54. He has for some time presented a most interesting and challenging case to be the hidden Shakespeare. His case is put by the ‘Oxfordians’ with great power, depth and persuasiveness.

Candidates for Shakespeare Francis Bacon

Lord Chancellor (b. 1561 d. 1626) aged 65. He could well have had some guiding role over the man Shakspere and was quite capable of organising a flow of ‘anonymous’ aristocratic writings for the brilliant young playmaker to turn into quality and performable plays.

Candidates for Shakespeare Christopher Marlowe

Playwright, (b. 1564, the same year as Shakspere, d. 1593 just as Shakespeare ‘materialised’). Marlowe was 29 when he died, except that “he didn’t die” and “HE wrote Shakespeare thereafter”. As a claim for authorship, it is described as an elaborate hoax on the part of the aristocracy.

Candidates for Shakespeare William Stanley

6th Earl of Derby (1561-1642) was 81 when he died, and he had lived through the “Shakespeare period”. He was well connected with players and theatre, at first through his brother Ferdinando’s company (the Lord Strange’s Men) which became his own, after the death of the 5th Earl, his brother.

Candidates for Shakespeare Roger Manners

5th Earl of Rutland (1576 – 1612, aged 36) was “too young and unproven” to be Shakespeare, is the widely-held belief. Again, to be taken seriously, he would have had to be a literary genius in 1593 at the age of 16 (when Venus and Adonis was first published). There is no evidence of this.

Candidates for Shakespeare Mary Sidney Herbert

2nd Countess of Pembroke (1561-1621) was aged 60 when she died). From around 1580 she worked to make her home Wilton House in Wiltshire a leading cultural centre, which when flourishing reminded one visiting poet “of the Court of Urbino in Italy”.

Elizabethans and theatre

As though in parallel, the English ‘Golden Age’ of literature and embryo new-age playmaking arose with Elizabeth’s deepening authority and the nation’s burgeoning prosperity.

Shakespeare's Early Years, Lost Years

Shakspere might have received a good education at pre-School then Stratford Grammar School – but we can only presume that he did attend for there is no evidence, just repeated belief that he did.

Does genius need to display ego?

One definition of genius is “that you leave your subject different from how you found it, therefore Newton was a genius, so was Einstein.”

Summing up: WHICH theory?

Shakspere was Shakespeare? Or was it Bacon, Oxford, Marlowe, Derby, Rutland, the Countess (or Dyer?) If they were not Shakespeare, were they aware of the Author’s real identity? Were they involved?

And finally - The Shakspere author problem

Whether Shakespeare was the author we will probably never be certain, maybe it is better to remember that the plays are the thing

The Shakespeare Authorship Mystery - for beginners!

This site aims to provide a balanced overview of the Shakespeare Authorship Mystery for beginners to this intriguing Detective Story.

Introduction the Shakespeare identity

I declare my viewpoint: Shakspere was and is Shakespeare, but it’s not so simple. Read on, there’s more than meets the eye. And please don’t tag me Stratfordian or heretic.

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The Shakespeare Controversy - an overview!

The Shakespeare Authorship Mystery or controversy is given a new direction in this website. It offers a balanced overview, particularly aimed at beginners exploring the problem, the question, the controversy.

Bacon and Shakespeare authorship mystery

Controversial theory that Francis Bacon, a poet and playwrite in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, was, in fact, the real bard and author of the plays and sonnets of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare authorship mystery a beginners guide

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

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An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

Shakspere authorship rogues vagabonds and sturdy beggars

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

The Shakespeare authorship mystery a beginners guide

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

Bacon and Shakespeare authorship mystery

Controversial theory that Francis Bacon, a poet and playwrite in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, was, in fact, the real bard and author of the plays and sonnets of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare authorship mystery a beginners guide

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

Shakspere authorship

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

Shakspere authorship rougues vagabonds and sturdy beggars

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

The Shakespeare authorship mystery a beginners guide

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

Bacon and Shakespeare authorship mystery

Controversial theory that Francis Bacon, a poet and playwrite in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, was, in fact, the real bard and author of the plays and sonnets of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare authorship mystery a beginners guide

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

Shakspere authorship

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

Shakspere authorship rougues vagabonds and sturdy beggars

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

The Shakespeare authorship mystery a beginners guide

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

Bacon and Shakespeare authorship mystery

Controversial theory that Francis Bacon, a poet and playwrite in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, was, in fact, the real bard and author of the plays and sonnets of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare authorship mystery a beginners guide

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

Shakspere authorship

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

Shakspere authorship rougues vagabonds and sturdy beggars

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

The Shakespeare authorship mystery a beginners guide

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

Bacon and Shakespeare authorship mystery

Controversial theory that Francis Bacon, a poet and playwrite in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, was, in fact, the real bard and author of the plays and sonnets of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare authorship mystery a beginners guide

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

Shakspere authorship

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

Shakspere authorship rougues vagabonds and sturdy beggars

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

The Shakespeare authorship mystery a beginners guide

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

Bacon and Shakespeare authorship mystery

Controversial theory that Francis Bacon, a poet and playwrite in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, was, in fact, the real bard and author of the plays and sonnets of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare authorship mystery a beginners guide

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

Shakspere authorship

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

Shakspere authorship rougues vagabonds and sturdy beggars

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

The Shakespeare authorship mystery a beginners guide

An introduction to the key points and background of the Shakespeare authorship mystery. A beginners guide and overview of candidates, the Lost Years, and a theory about collaboration.

Who was Shakespeare - the Shakespeare Authorship Mystery

The world's greatest author, Shakespeare attracts attention from scholars and laypersons. But more people question whether the historical Shakespeare wrote the plays attributed to him. Sites on the subject argue that some other person wrote the plays, this site attempts to revisit the authorship question for beginners.

The Shakespeare Controversy - an overview!

The Shakespeare Authorship Mystery or controversy is given a new direction in this website. It offers a balanced overview, particularly aimed at beginners exploring the problem, the question, the controversy.

 


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See also She Died Twice
A dramatisation of the story of the death of the Quaker Mary Dyer in 1660

 



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