Shakespeare’s Knowledge of French

Shakespeare’s Knowledge of French

Recently I was forwarded a string of emails in which one of the correspondents wrote that Shakespeare didn’t know French. However, a range of scholars who have examined different aspects of the plays have discovered borrowings from French sources, and apparent allusions to French personages and events, and, of course....
Oxford the Comedian

Oxford the Comedian

Stratfordians have a difficult task to show how Shakspere became by 1596 a great power in the London theatrical world. Their prima facie case rests on the authorship ascriptions ‘William Shakespeare’ or similar name on some of the title pages of the plays being identified with William Shakspere. In an attempt to bo....
Becoming an Oxfordian: The Phenomenology of Shifting Research Paradigms in Shakespearean Biography <sup>1</sup>

Becoming an Oxfordian: The Phe...

1.0 Experiencing a New Shakespeare A year before she was to publish her 1922 book The Shakespeare Garden, American author, journalist and polymath Esther Singleton came across a book that was to change her life. It purported that the author of the plays and poems of Shakespeare was not the businessman from Stratford-U....
A Wedding Joust in Trebizond: Commedia Erudita and Sinister Politics in 1575

A Wedding Joust in Trebizond: ...

by W. Ron Hess, assisted by Jan Scheffer, A. Colin Wright and Concetta Thibideaux Introduction Thanks to Cotticelli et al.1 we have a 2008 translation of Andrea Perrucci’s Dell’Arte rappresentativa, premeditata ed all’improviso (originally published in 1699 in Naples), featuring parallel columns, on one side th....
Lawyers and the Shakespeare Authorship Question

Lawyers and the Shakespeare Au...

Lawyers are possibly the largest tribe of anti-Stratfordians. In the U.S., there is a procession of Supreme Court Justices and others who have come out against the Stratfordian case. I know only of Mark Johnson, a trial attorney from way out west, who argues for the ‘orthodox’ case. In the UK this fact is a [&helli....