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

The Face of Shakespeare?

The Face of Shakespeare?

DVS member David Shakespeare has uploaded to his own YouTube channel a fascinating exploration of the ‘Harleian Miniature’ portrait of ‘Shakespeare’, housed in the Portland collection at Welbeck Abbey along with the authenticated well-known ‘Welbeck’ portrait of Edward de Vere. David....
Earliest Elizabethan map of London found

Earliest Elizabethan map of Lo...

One of the earliest known maps of Elizabethan London during the time of ‘Shakespeare’ has been found during a house clearance. Printed in 1572, it shows two ‘bear bayting’ theatres on the south bank of the Thames, close to today’s Globe Theatre. See full article in the Daily Mail HERE. The....
Elizabethan Gold Ring sells for £46,000

Elizabethan Gold Ring sells fo...

The ‘Hedingham Castle Estate Elizabethan Gold Ring’, possibly owned by Edward de Vere, was sold by Timeline Auctions for £46,000 in February 2021. The ring was found in December 2018 by a metal detectorist near the River Colne on land owned by the de Vere family from the time of the Norman battle for  Bri....
Prince Philip: A Notable Regal Oxfordian

Prince Philip: A Notable Regal...

The DVS joins the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition and many others in the UK and across the world in mourning the loss of HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh — and draws the attention of members to Prince Philip’s Shakespeare Authorship Doubts as expressed to Sir Stanley Wells and reported in an article in the Dail....

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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!

Events

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