‘Hamlet’ and Histo...

Introductory: Cumberbatch Hamlet On Thursday I saw the film broadcast version of the Benedict Cumberbatch Hamlet, which was to my mind good, but fairly classical and conventional, which is, however, so far, a good thing. However, the cutting was so drastic, the amputation so staggering, of crucial passages, that one wo....

‘Dissociation of Sensibility...

Historical Textual Inferences Given a minimum of textual significance, and reasonable assumptions about semantic parallels, historical inferences may be, soundly and virtually beyond dispute, made from texts. The bulk of Oxfordian advances have been of this character, though sometimes we have over egged the pudding. Bu....
Oxford’s friend, Arthur Throckmorton: a personal link with William Shakspere of Stratford

Oxford’s friend, Arthur Thro...

Arthur Throckmorton (1558-1626) was the second son of Sir Nicholas Throckmorton (1515-1571) of Coughton Court, near Alcester in Warwickshire (about 8 miles northwest of Stratford-upon-Avon). It was to Nicholas that the secretary, Somers, wrote a letter in 1562 mentioning the 16th Earl of Oxford’s death and that h....

Deceptive Displacements and the SAQ

‘If this be Error and upon Me Proved…..’ ‘Deceptive Displacements’ and the Shakespeare Authorship Question: The Shakespeare Authorship Question as one of Three Massive and Major Historic Deceptive Displacements, which fully establish precedency and analogy for each other, and for this Conc....
Seeing Double: Early doubters of Shakespeare’s identity

Seeing Double: Early doubters ...

In a recent review of Shakespeare Beyond Doubt, Paul Dean’s opening remark recycles a stock Stratfordian meme: Until 1856, when Delia Bacon published “William Shakespeare and his Plays: An Enquiry Concerning Them” in Putnam’s Magazine, no one questioned that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon had writte....