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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

Multi Award-Winning film ‘Behind the Name Shakespeare’ reaches London

Multi Award-Winning film ‘Be...

Written/directed by and starring Robin Phillips (aka Christina di Marlo), this documentary explores the Authorship Question in such a lighthearted and entertaining way that it is gathering international awards faster than anyone can say ‘Edward de Vere’. But the academic and scholarly questions solidly underpin the....
£3m for Shakespeare’s Globe

£3m for Shakespeare’s Globe

The de Vere Society is extremely pleased to see that Shakespeare’s Globe in London will receive almost £3m from the Culture Recovery Fund.   The DVS recognises the great artistic achievements of the new Shakespeare’s Globe since it opened in 1996. Here we can see the wonderful plays of the Earl of Oxford ....
Nobel Prize for Oxfordian

Nobel Prize for Oxfordian

The winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize for Physics, Sir Roger Penrose, is also an Oxfordian. When interviewed in 2014, Sir Roger said: “The [Looney] book made a very strong case – I think I am rather persuaded that … it was Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford … I went to see The […]....
The Oxfordian Vol. 22

The Oxfordian Vol. 22

The Oxfordian is the peer-reviewed journal of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship, an organization that conducts research and publishes on the Early Modern period, William Shakespeare and the authorship of Shakespeare’s works. The journal offers research articles, essays and book reviews by academicians and independent....

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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!