DVS Members Only Webinar

DVS Members Only Webinar

First Folio Foolery 1623: the family story behind the mask of ‘William Shakespeare’

7pm BST on Friday 3rd May 2024

Rosemary Loughlin (moderator) Joella Werlin, Amanda Hinds; Frank Lawler,

Richard Clifford, Annabel Leventon (Panel and interludes)

The webinar will include proposals by Joella Werlin and Amanda Hinds based on their essays (No. 1, 2 and 3 below) encouraging questions from the audience to be addressed by themselves and the panel on three main topics: i) the deliberate theatrical subterfuge of the prefaces to the First Folio pointing obliquely to William of Stratford as the author; ii) the extended Oxford/Herbert/Sidney family involved in the subterfuge and production of the First Folio; iii) the role of William Stanley 6th Earl of Derby in publishing the plays of his father-in-law Edward de Vere 17th Earl of Oxford and editing the First Folio. At the end of the webinar brief reference will be made to Jane Nelson’s thesis on Christian Hermetism (No. 4 below), as practiced by Dr John Dee, with whom the Earl of Derby was closely involved.


Please email admin@deveresociety.co.uk to register, and a Zoom link to join the webinar will be emailed to you.

Cost:  Free of Charge to De Vere Society members

1.   ‘Shakespeare Foolery, 1623: The First Folio and the Countess of Montgomery’s Disappearance’ by Joella Werlin; DVS Newsletter,  Vol. 29, No. 4, October 2022, p.18–28

2.   ‘Shakespeare Foolery (1623–2023): A Tragical-Comical-Historical Family Drama Divulged in “the Dyer’s Hand” ‘ by Joella Werlin; DVS Newsletter, Vol. 30, No.3, July 2023, p.6–29.

3.   ‘William Stanley and Edward de Vere: Did they work together publishing plays attributed to William Shakespeare?’ by Amanda Hinds, DVS Newsletter, Vol. 30, No.4, October 2023, p.6–20.

4.   ‘Christian Hermetism and Shakespeare’ by Jane Nelson; and Shakespeare and religio mentis: A study of Christian Hermetism in Four Plays by Jane Everingham Nelson, preview by Robert Baxter, DVS Newsletter, Vol. 29, No. 4, October 2022, p.6–14; p.35–44.