Welcome to The de Vere Society

‘We all love Shakespeare, whoever he was.’ – Sir Derek Jacobi, Patron

The de Vere Society is a registered charity promoting knowledge of the life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, a Tudor playwright praised by Queen Elizabeth I for his ‘outstanding mind and virtue’ and hailed by King James I as ‘Great Oxford’. His contemporaries awarded the ‘highest prize’ to his works, but what has become of them? If you are interested in the proposition that de Vere’s ‘lost’ plays are those which now bear the name ‘William Shakespeare’, please join us, participate, investigate and celebrate – new members and enquirers are very welcome!  –  Alexander Waugh, Chairman


About Us

Edward de Vere

Shakespeare Authorship Question

“For all your Writers do consent, that ipse is he:
now you are not ipse, for I am he.”
Touchstone to William in As You Like It, V. i.

Quotes from Famous Sceptics

Oxfordian News

‘Shakespeare’s Revolution’ by Richard Malim

‘Shakespeare’s Rev...

Shakespeare’s Revolution is the latest book by long-standing Oxfordian Richard Malim, published 30 June 2022. Richard Malim, in corroborating Thomas Looney’s original thesis, launches a torpedo  at academia’s ramshackle position in logic and establishes the unassailable debt that all of us owe to the author....
‘Outrageous Fortune’ book by Jane Greatorex

‘Outrageous Fortune̵...

Jane Greatorex, Honorary Member of the DVS, is a publishing biographer of the de Vere earls of Oxford. Her eighth book in the de Vere series is called ‘Outrageous Fortune’: An Account of the de Vere earls of Oxford Norman Keep and its environs at Castle Hedingham, Essex. This is not a dedicated biography but [&hell....
A Rose By Any Other Name

A Rose By Any Other Name

Written and performed by DVS committee member Rosemary Loughlin, the one-woman show  ‘A Rose By Any Other Name’ will run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer for two weeks – from Monday August 15 to Sunday August 28 (excluding Sunday 21 August) 2022. The show is about Rosemary’s journey wit....

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The de Vere Society always welcomes new members, whether you have been an Oxfordian for years and would like to share your enthusiasm with others, or are new to the Authorship Question and wish to discover more. You need only a love of Shakespeare’s works and an open interest in the Authorship Question to join.

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Among many benefits, as a member of the DVS you will:
  • Receive a welcome pack and DVS membership card.
  • Receive four DVS newsletters a year (for members only).
  • Have access to the Member-Only area of the website (with additional material not publicly available).
  • Be able to join the Members’ Forum.
  • Have the opportunity to meet fellow Oxfordians from all over the world at our regular member meetings. These are held at least twice a year, one usually near central London. Additional meetings and special Society events are also organised for members in interesting de Vere-related locations.
  • Be better able to conduct research. We can help with your studies by commenting on your ideas, offering the opportunity to present your work at a meeting and/or publishing it in the DVS newsletter. We also have a research fund for expenses incurred.
  • Be able to use our substantial library at Brunel University, west London.
  • Have access to DVS YouTube presentations, videos and podcasts on our website (some for members only).
  • Be among the first to know about an array of related events and research going on around the country and around the world in the field of Shakespeare and Authorship Studies.
  • And finally … DVS branded merchandise will soon be available to buy from our online shop!