DVS Articles & Reviews

articles, papers and reviews by members of the de vere society showing the range of our research

Listed in alphabetical order by author surname. Date of DVS Newsletter issue (if applicable) is in brackets.

Charles Beauclerk

Interview with DVS Founder (1986) and Hon. President (2022)

Charles Bird

New evidence for de Vere from Tilbury Church (April 2016)

Julia Cleave​

Seeing Double: Early Doubters of Shakespeare’s Identity (May 2014)

Jan Cole

Letter to the Editor. Relating to the article on Bridget de Vere in the January 2021 DVS Newsletter - see below (April 2021)

Jan Cole

Bridget de Vere's Second Marriage to Sir Hugh Pollard (c.1603-1666) and its Connections (January 2021)

Jan Cole

Author of Hamlet’s books? Petrarch’s De Remediis Utriusque Fortunae, by Thomas Twyne (April 2019)

Jan Cole

Was Queen Elizabeth’s 1571 gift to Oxford given to the Earl of Southampton? (April 2019)

Jan Cole

People and Plays at Oxford University, September 1566 (October 2016)

Jan Cole

Coming of Age: Five Milestones in the Life of Edward de Vere, 1571-72 (July 2016)

Jan Cole

Oxford and Jonson in Stoke Newington (April 2016)

Jan Cole

Oxford’s 1580 purchase of land and property ‘east of Aldgate’ (January 2016)

Jan Cole

Oxford’s Land Sales, Castle Hedingham and the Sheepcote in As You Like It (October 2015)

Jan Cole

‘The Scene Vienna’: some Hapsburg elements in Measure for Measure

Jan Cole

Who was ‘the late English Ovid’? (May 2014)

Jan Cole

Life at Cecil House: the architectural plan of c.1565 and what it tells us (DVS talk, May 2013)

Jan Cole

Edward de Vere in France: the French connection, and the Greek (November 2011)

Jan Cole

Was Oxford Chapman's patron? (July 2011)

Jeremy Crick and Dorna Bewley

The ‘Ashbourne’ Portrait of ‘Shakespeare’ (Summer 2007)
New research on the painting’s provenance strengthens the case that it is the lost portrait of
Edward de Vere by Cornelius Ketel.

Jeremy Crick

Elizabeth and ffrancis Trentham of Rocester Abbey – Part 1 (November 2006)
First part of a trilogy of essays on Elizabeth Trentham.

Jeremy Crick

Elizabeth and ffrancis Trentham of Rocester Abbey – Part 2 (February 2007)
Part Two of the family history of Edward de vere, Earl of Oxford’s second wife and the strategic
importance of the Trentham archive in the search for Oxford’s literary fragments.

Jeremy Crick

Elizabeth and ffrancis Trentham of Rocester Abbey – Part 3 (2007)
Part Three of the family history of Edward de vere, Earl of Oxford’s second wife and the strategic
importance of the Trentham archive in the search for Oxford’s literary fragments.

Jeremy Crick

Trentham Family Tree
Published to accompany the articles ‘Elizabeth and ffrancis Trentham of Rocester Abbey’
(November 2006)

Robert Detobel

Captain Tucca, Captain Hannam, and Falstaff (March 2008; DVS June 2008 newsletter)

Robert Detobel

An Accident of Note: Part 2. (Continued from June 2008 newsletter)
Why did George Chapman Bear Witness to Oxford in The Revenge of Bussy d’Ambois? Answering this question, Robert Detobel argues for a Stoic dimension to Hamlet.

Robert Detobel

Shakespeare and the Concealed Poet (ed. Jan Scheffer)
Issue 8 of Neues Shake-speare Journal

George Dillon

Swordplay (October 2008)

Michael Dudley

Becoming an Oxfordian: The Phenomenology of Shifting Research Paradigms in Shakespearean
Biography (July 2018)

James Alan Egan

Shakespeare and John Dee wrote The Tempest (July 2017)

Geoffrey Eyre

Our Enduring Authorship Mystery Still Awaiting Academic Breakthrough (July 2019)

Geoffrey Eyre

The Parallel Lives of Shakespeare and Beethoven: A Shakespeare Authorship Study (July 2017)

Michael le Gassick

Report of research carried out by Michael le Gassick before his death that year ‘Newly set foorth, ouerseene and corrected, By VV.S.’ (January 2016)

Kevin Gilvary

‘Shakespeare’ Identified in Edward de Vere the Seventeeth Earl of Oxford (by J. Thomas Looney, 1920) This article forms the centrepiece of an issue of the DVS newsletter dedicated to the centenary of the book published by J. Thomas Looney in 1920. (July 2020)

Kevin Gilvary

A Storm Called AEmelia
Was AEmilia Bassano the Dark Lady or even the Hidden Author? (January 2020)

Kevin Gilvary

Towards Oxfordian Chronology of Shakespeare’s Plays (January 2019)

Kevin Gilvary

Did Shakespeare know Jonson? (January 2016)

Kevin Gilvary

A Brief Case for Oxford and FAQs (October 2015)
A Brief Case for Oxford: J. T. Looney, Shakespeare Identified (1920); Short Life of Edward de Vere
(1550-1604): Oxford as the author of Hamlet; Oxford as the author of Twelfth Night; Oxford as the
author of King Lear; FAQs.

Kevin Gilvary

Language Features and Chronology
Can Style help establish the Chronology of Shakespeare’s works?
This paper was given at the AGM held at Birkbeck College, London, May 2003.

Kevin Gilvary

Shakespeare and Italian Comedy
Reprinted from Great Oxford I (Ed. Richard Malim), Chapter 14, pp.107-125.

Kevin Gilvary

‘The Empire’ Strikes Back
Reprinted from Great Oxford I (Ed. Richard Malim), Chapter 39, pp.337-357.

Kevin Gilvary

Edward de Vere: This is Your Life
The text of an address given at the Chartered Insurance Institute, London, which hosted the
Summer (June) 2004 DVS meeting, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of the Earl of Oxford.

Kevin Gilvary

Writ in Choice Italian: Shakespeare and Italian Literature
Talk at the SAT conference, 24 November 2013.

Kevin Gilvary

What Malone really said about Shakespeare (November 2012)

Kevin Gilvary

The Tempest as an Italian Pastoral Comedy
A talk given at the Shakespeare in Italy Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands, June 2007.

Kevin Gilvary

‘The Tempest’ & Three Scenari
Three pastoral scenari from the commedia dell’arte which seem to have influenced
Shakespeare’s The Tempest (November 2013).


Who Really Won the Tennis Court Quarrel? (October 2014)

Gary Goldstein

Shakespeare’s Little Hebrew (February 2010)
At Richard Malim’s request, we are grateful to Gary for permission to reprint this article, first
published in The Elizabethan Review.

Gary Goldstein

Shakespeare’s Native Tongue (November 2009)
Richard Malim requested that this be reprinted in the DVS newsletter for this reason: Stratfordians
perennially evoke the use of Warwickshire dialiect in Shakespeare’s writings as proof that he was a
native of that region. Gary Goldstein’s refutation of their argument is therefore also worthy of
perennial perusal. We are grateful to Gary for permission to reprint it here.

Charles Graves

The author of 39 essays on Edward de Vere and William Shakespeare. Full list of essays in print and on Dr. Graves' website available to download here.

Charles Graves

Euphuistic Elements in Edward de Vere’s Tragedies (July 2021)

Charles Graves

Edward de Vere, Euphuism and Bi-sexuality (April 2020)

Charles Graves

The Author of The Wisdom of Dr. Doddypol (July 2017). Parallels with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and his own life suggest that Edward de Vere was the true author.

Charles Graves

‘Signatures’ of Edward de Vere in Anonymous Plays (October 2016)

Ian Haste

Vere's Rings in 'The Merchant of Venice' (October 2021 - with commentary by Charles Graves)

W. Ron Hess (assisted by Jan Scheffer, A. Colin Wright and Concetta Thibideaux)

A Wedding Joust in Trebizond: Commedia Erudita and Sinister Politics in 1575
First published in the SOF newsletter, Summer 2018.

W. Ron Hess

Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Half of them Dated (Part II, January 2017)

W. Ron Hess

Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Half of them Dated (Part I, October 2016)

Amanda Hinds

Tribute to Tom Bethell
Published in DVS Newsletter April 2021

Amanda Hinds

How I became an Oxfordian
Published on the SOF website, February 2016.

Amanda Hinds and Alexander Waugh

Who was ‘Our English Terence Will: Shake-speare’?
Could it have been William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby? (July 2019)

Stephanie Hopkins Hughes

Who was Sir Thomas Smith?
Sir Thomas Smith acted as a tutor and surrogate father to Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford in his early years, and this article explores how his influence is reflected in the works ascribed to William Shakespeare. (April 2021)

Elizabeth Imlay

Drawings by Edward de Vere? Possibly - a Cambridge discovery
(November 2011)

Elizabeth Imlay

The Tragic Story of King's Place
The home of Edward de Vere from 1597 until his death in 1604 (February 2009)

Elizabeth Imlay

Edward de Vere and the Music of the Renaissance
(July 2006)


£1,000 and the Beginning of England’s National Theatre (October 2016)

Heidi Jannsch

John Davies of Hereford identifies W.S. as Oxford in 'Microcosmos' (October 2020)

Heidi Jannsch

One Pretty Secret: Gervase Markham Reveals Shakespeare’s Identity (January 2017)

Heidi Jannsch

Sogliardo & Co.
Members of the Stratford Corporation in Ben Jonson’s Every Man Out of His Humour.

Philip Johnson

The Best is Silence (January 2004)
What happens when Stratfordians come across evidence that militates against the man from
Stratford? Philip Johnson, who gave this paper at the London meeting of the DVS in May 2003,
shows how biographers simply omit unpleasant details.

Eddi Jolly

John Casson, the source for Hamlet, and The Guardian (April 2019)

Eddi Jolly

Shakespeare’s Knowledge of French (October 2018)

Eddi Jolly

Voyages de Shakespeare en France et en Italie (June 2003)
An overlooked masterpiece: A consideration of George Lambin’s book published in 1962.
This paper was given at the AGM held at Birkbeck College, London, May 2003. Should any readers of this article wish to read an English translation of George Lambin’s book, they may wish to research Oxfordian scholar Ron Hess who published a critiqued translation in an appendix to his book, The Dark Side of Shakespeare, Vol. I (ISBN 0-595-24777-6), available on Amazon.

Eddi Jolly

‘My mistress’ eyes ...’: A consideration of Sonnet CXXX (June 2003)
This paper was given at the AGM held at Birkbeck College, London (May 2003).

Dr Noemi Magri

Shakespeare and the Ships of the Venetian Republic – A Veronesa: an exact reference
in Othello (March 2011)

Dr Noemi Magri

Othello’s House on the Sagittary: Shakespeare’s familiarity with the streets of Venice (February 2010)

Dr Noemi Magri

The Italian Legal System in The Merchant of Venice – the Single Bond: how the play demonstrates
the author’s intimate knowledge of Venetian Law (February 2009)

Dr Noemi Magri

Hamlet’s ‘The Murder of Gonzago’ in contemporary documents (June 2009)

Dr Noemi Magri

Edward de Vere did not Build Himself a House in Venice. The interpretation of a document
of the Doge’s Secretarial Office (June 2008).

Dr Noemi Magri

Oxford, Shakespeare and Bohemia

Dr Noemi Magri

Shakespeare’s Knowledge of Illyrian Rulers. Duke Orsino: Historical Truth in Twelfth Night
(March 2008)

Dr Noemi Magri

‘Shakespeare’s Illyria and Bohemia: Oxford’s Journey in the Adriatic’ in the June 2007 Newsletter.
The importance of personal experience in the writing of Twelfth Night and The Winter's Tale.
Notes from this article are provided separately below.

Dr Noemi Magri

Notes for the article ‘Shakespeare’s Illyria and Bohemia’ in the June 2007 Newsletter.
Noemi Magri's article in the June newsletter was shorn of its notes for both technical and space reasons.
They are now reproduced from the October 2007 newsletter.

Dr Noemi Magri

Orazio v. Nelson (April 2006)

Dr Noemi Magri

Puntarvolo or Puntaruolo? Noemi Magri explains a matter of the Italian Vocabulary (April 2006)

Dr Noemi Magri

Shakespeare and Italian Renaissance Painting:
The three wanton pictures in The Taming of the Shrew. Dott. Noemi Magri of Mantua gave the following paper to The de Vere Society meeting (May 2005).

Dr Noemi Magri

The Three Systers of Mantua – A Known History and an Unknown Play (December 2005)

Dr Noemi Magri

Oxford and the Greek Church in Venice (September 2003)
In a short letter, Dr Noemi Magri examines one claim in Monstrous Adversary, Alan Nelson’s book.

Dr Noemi Magri

Places in Shakespeare: Belmont and thereabouts (June 2003)
The purpose of the present paper is to show that Belmont is a real place, though differently called
in Italian: its identification has been made possible by the precise geographical information and a
specific historical reference given in the play: it is not geography of the imagination, and the
historical allusion refers to a contemporary event: it is not Shakespeare’s creation. This essay has
also been published in Great Oxford I - Essays on the Life and Work of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl
of Oxford (1550-1604)
. General editor: Richard Malim and published by The de Vere Society.

Richard Malim

Jonson: Oxford's Chief Admirer (April 2021)

Richard Malim

Shakespeare’s Bastard (October 2019)

Richard Malim

Shakespeare: Seventeenth Century Biographical References to Shakespeare as Author (January 2019)

Richard Malim

Oxford the Comedian (October 2018)

Richard Malim

Lawyers and the Shakespeare Authorship Question (April 2018)

Richard Malim

Southwell and Oxford (January 2017)

Richard Malim

A Yorkshire Tragedy (July 2016)

Richard Malim

A ‘New’ Oxford Poem: Verses Upon the Stanley Tomb at Tong in Shropshire (April 2016)
Epitaph to Sir Thomas Stanley (d. 1576)

Richard Malim

No Mistakes in ‘Shakespeare’, a return to Bohemia (June 2008)

Richard Malim

Oxford the Actor (January 2004)
Responsible critics such as Professors Bate and Wells have sought to dismiss the authorship claims
of Oxford by suggesting that he had no ‘hands-on’ connection with the stage. Indeed, Professor Bate
seems to suggest that this element provides incontrovertible evidence of the authorship of William
Shakspere of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Richard Malim

Shakspere: The Irrelevant Life (DVS, undated)
In a study of Shakespeare, William Shakspere of Stratford-upon-Avon 1564-1616 should barely merit
a five-line footnote. However, because literary ‘orthodoxy’ persists in giving him pride of a somewhat
reduced place (compared to that properly due to Oxford/Shakespeare) in the history of English and
universal literature, Malim reviews his rôle in rather more detail.

Richard Malim

Shakespeare’s Melancholics (April 2004)
Richard Malim considers the neglected work of a professional psychiatrist.

Richard C. W. Malim

Did Oxford know Ronsard? (June 2003)

Peter Moore

The Stella Cover-up (February 2010)
‘I am delighted to have obtained permission from Gary Goldstein to reproduce one of Peter Moore’s
shorter articles here in the Newsletter. I hope it will whet readers’ appetites for [his] book’ (DVS Ed.):
The Lame Storyteller, Poor and Despised: Studies in Shakespeare
(reviewed by R. Malim in the same issue).

H. H. Patrick O’Brien

George North
A Brief Discourse of Rebellions & Rebels (c.1575)

A manuscript written by George North in 1576, uncovered in the British Library, with possible
‘linguistic and thematic correspondences’ between the North manuscript and Shakespeare’s plays.

Rosemary O’Loughlin

Brian Friel: Was one of Ireland's best-known playwrights a secret Oxfordian? (July 2021)

Daphne O’Shea

Edward de Vere’s Amanuensis:
The artifacts of Abraham Fleming and the Lost Play of Edward de Vere (January 2018)

Donald Ostrowski

Review of Dating Shakespeare’s Plays in Brief Chronicles Vol. III (2011)

Marion Peel

John Shakspere’s Finances (October 2013)
Considerably more is known from the public records about John Shakspere than about his son William.
DVS member Marion Peel, who lives in nearby Worcester, has been finding out more so as to explore
the possible influence of the father’s financial dealings on the son’s business career in the theatre.

Tony Pointon

The Case against William of Stratford (October 2015)
There are many reasons to doubt that a man from Stratford wrote the works of Shakespeare.
Here are twenty such arguments, prepared by Tony Pointon. Further details can be found in
Professor A. J. Pointon’s book The Man Who Was Never Shakespeare (Parapress, 2011).
Also see review below (Reviews, 2011) by Alexander Waugh in the Wall Street Journal.

The Rt. Hon. J. Enoch Powell

Francis Meres and the Authorship Question (April 1988)
Report of a presentation to The de Vere Society in February 1988. See also Alexander Waugh’s YouTube video Francis Meres Knew in which he acknowledges Enoch Powell as the first of several scholars and Oxfordians involved in deciphering Mere’s Palladis Tamia (listed under Media/YouTube). Powell refers to his presentation to the DVS in The Shakespeare Mystery (listed under Media/Film & Videos).

Alan Robinson

The Real William Shaksper (January 2004)
The facts known about Shaksper’s life are sparse but very little analysis has been done even of these.
Many deductions and inferences can be made with a fair chance of arriving close to the truth.
This paper was given at the Henley meeting of the DVS in Autumn 2003. A fully referenced version is published in Great Oxford: Essays on the Life and Work of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, 1550-1604 (Chapter 26, pp.237-243).

Joan V. Robinson

Shakespeare and Mr. Looney (March 2008)
From The Cambridge Review, 54, 12 May 1933, pp.389-90.

Jan Scheffer

A Tirade about a Joust in Trebizond: How was Edward De Vere Involved In this Example of Commedia Erudita In 1575? (April 2020)
Provides insight into what Oxford and his friends were up to in Italy.

Jan Scheffer

Oxford’s Capture by Pirates (October 2015)
The author writes from Holland, about his country’s link with Oxford.

David Shakespeare

Edward de Vere? The Pandolfini Portrait (August 2021)
This is the story of a painting which was sold in Florence in April 2015 entitled Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. A journey to try and trace its history, starting with the labels on the back.

David Shakespeare

Venus and Adonis (July 2021)
A PDF of David’s forensic look at the first two pages of the first edition of Venus and Adonis, looking for clues of the man behind the pen name: Edward de Vere. It takes us into the realms of the history of printing, emblems, Greek and Roman mythology and mysticism. See his video on the DVS Youtube channel under MEDIA in the menu bar.

David Shakespeare

A second Pregnancy Portrait (June 2021)
A PDF of a new chapter in the story of the Pregnancy Portrait. Recently David discovered an image of another version. This is the story of what he was able to find out from it. An interesting tale which sheds further light on the original painting and the lives of the Rothschild family.

David Shakespeare

Is this the face of Shakespeare? (May 2021)
A PDF of David's examination of the 'Harleian Miniature' portrait at Welbeck Abbey, inscribed 'Shakespeare' on the reverse, held in the same collection as the authenticated 'Welbeck' portrait of Edward de Vere.

David Shakespeare

Was Henry Wriothesely the son of Elizabeth I? - Part 2 (Dec 2020)
A PDF of Part 2 of David's examination of the case for Elizabeth I bearing a child, based on the 'pregnancy portrait' at Hampton Court.

David Shakespeare

Was Henry Wriothesely the son of Elizabeth I? - Part 1 (Nov 2020)
A PDF of Part 1 of David's examination of the case for Elizabeth I bearing a child, based on the 'pregnancy portrait' at Hampton Court.

David Shakespeare

Elizabeth I and Nonsuch Palace - Part 2 (Oct 2020)
A PDF to continue with Part 2 of David's exploration of Elizabeth's relationship with Nonsuch Palace, in particular its gardens and the Grove of Diana.

David Shakespeare

Elizabeth I and Nonsuch Palace - Part 1 (Sep 2020)
A PDF of Part 1 of David's exploration of Elizabeth's relationship with Nonsuch Palace.

Patrick M. Tilton

Athena’s ‘OX’ (January 2020)
Brush up your Greek: a Homeric hymn resonates with Shakespeare.

Alexander Waugh

1591 - A watershed year for Oxford and the English Theatre (July 2021)

Alexander Waugh

That ‘Famous Persecutor of Priscian’: Oxford, Shakespeare and the Repurification of English (April 2020)
Oxford is shown to be a powerful advocate of Plain English.

Alexander Waugh

Oxford as ‘Shakespeare’ (April 2018)
This article is reproduced from a new scholarly book, My Shakespeare, edited by William Leahy and published by EER. The anthology also prints new pieces arguing for Marlowe (Ros Barber), for Mary Sidney (Robin Williams), for Francis Bacon (Barry Clarke), for Stratford-Shaksper (Alan Nelson), for Henry Neville (Rubinstein, Casson & Ewald), as well as thoughtful contributions from William Leahy (an amalgamated Shakespeare) and Diana Price (Stratford-Shakspere as broker).

Alexander Waugh

Praise for Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (January 2018)
Modern Stratfordian orthodoxy attempts to undermine the case for Oxford as Shakespeare by
insisting that he was a dishonourable man, a poor scholar and a feeble poet. The following selection
of allusions to him amply demonstrates that before he was recommended as the most likely author
of the Shakespearean canon in 1920, literary historians and many of his contemporaries thought otherwise.

Alexander Waugh

Hidden Truths: Part II (October 2017)
Alexander Waugh explains where Edward de Vere is buried in Westminster Abbey.

Alexander Waugh

Hidden Truths in Written and Pictorial Notes: Part I (April 2017)

Alexander Waugh

Shakespeare’s Pole: Oxford, Burghley, Coryat and Polonius (October 2016)

Alexander Waugh

Shakespeare’s Missing Connections (July 2016)

Alexander Waugh

Thy Stratford Moniment
‘Thy Stratford Moniment’ – Revisited (October 2014). Holistic interpretation by Alexander Waugh
from a talk given at the DVS meeting in September 2014.

Alexander Waugh

John Weever – Another Anti-Stratfordian (May 2014)

Alexander Waugh

A Secret Revealed. William Covell and his ‘Polimanteia’ (1595) (October 2013)
Covell’s 1595 allusion to ‘Shake-speare’ as a pseudonym.

Hank Whittemore

Oxford seen in the plays: Reasons 7 & 91 why Shakespeare was Oxford (January 2018)
Reason 7 – ‘The Courtier’ / Reason 91 – Dramatic Literature

Hank Whittemore

Reasons 52 & 53 why Shakespeare was Oxford (October 2017)
Reason 52 – Oxford and the Sonnets / Reason 53 – Oxford and Southampton

Hank Whittemore

Reasons 60 & 81 why Shakespeare was Oxford (July 2017)
Reason 60 – Sea and Seamanship / Reason 81 – The Tempest

Hank Whittemore

Specialized Knowledge: Why Shakespeare was Oxford (April 2017)
Reason 59 – Medical Knowledge / Reason 61 – ‘Methinks I Have Astronomy’

Hank Whittemore

Man of the Theatre: Reasons 1 & 2 why Shakespeare was Oxford (January 2017)
Reason 1 – The Patron-Playwright / Reason 2 – The Allowed Fool

Heward Wilkinson

Current DVS Vice-chairman
Except where mentioned, all the articles below are taken from the website: http://hewardwilkinson.co.uk

Heward Wilkinson

Jane Austen, her Worlds within Worlds, and Shakespearean Authorship
DVS Newsletter article, October 2021

Heward Wilkinson

Deceptive Displacements and the SAQ

Heward Wilkinson

Leavis on Lawrence on Shakespeare

Heward Wilkinson

Dissociation of Sensibility and Amnesia for the SAQ

Heward Wilkinson

Cordelia’s Silence, Edgar’s Secrecy
(Published in Brief Chronicles, Vol.II, 2010)

Heward Wilkinson

Hamlet and Historical Consciousness

Heward Wilkinson

Playing with the Play-within-the-play in Hamlet

Heward Wilkinson

Should Oxfordians be Post-Modernists?

Heward Wilkinson

An Abyss of Alternatives
The Psychodynamics of the SAQ

Heward Wilkinson

How I became an Oxfordian
Published on the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship website in February 2016.


Reviews 2021


Theatre performance starring Sir Ian McKellen at the Theatre Royal, Windsor
Reviewer: Richard Vaughan Davies (October 2021)

Shakespeare Revolutionized

Book by James A. Warren (2021)
Reviewer: Heward Wilkinson (October 2021)

North by Shakespeare: A Rogue Scholar’s Quest for the Truth Behind the Bard’s Work

Book by Michael Blanding (March 2021)
Reviewer: Patrick O'Brien (July 2021)

In the Shadow of Shakespeare

Book by Richard Vaughan Davies (November 2020)
Reviewer: Jennifer Pommer (April 2021)

Behind the Name Shakespeare

Documentary film by Robin Phillips (2021)
Reviewer: Yvonne Cheal (January 2021)

Renaissance Man: The World of Thomas Watson

Book by Ian Johnson (July 2020)
Reviewer: Kevin Gilvary (January 2021)

Reviews 2020

Who Wrote That? Authorship Controversies from Moses to Sholokhov

By Donald Ostrowski (June 2020)
Reviewer: Kevin Gilvary (October 2020)

The case for Edward de Vere as the real William Shakespeare: A Challenge to Conventional Wisdom

By John Milnes Baker (2020)
Reviewer: Alice Crampin (April 2020)

Shakespeare and the Resistance: The Earl of Southampton, the Essex Rebellion, and the Poems that Challenged Tudor Tyranny

By Clare Asquith (2018)
Reviewer: Tony Herbert (April 2020)

The Upstart Crow

Theatre play by Ben Elton (2020)
Reviewer: Tony Herbert (April 2020)

A Question of Will

By Lynne Kositsky (2001/2019)
Reviewer: Alice Crampin (January 2020)

Reviews 2019

Early Shakespeare Authorship Doubts

By Bryan Wildenthal (2019)
Reviewer: Alice Crampin (October 2019)

Nothing Truer Than Truth

Play by Darrol Blake (2019)
Reviewer: Eddi Jolly (October 2019)

Nothing is Truer Than Truth

Film by Cheryl Eagan-Donovan / Controversy Films (2019)
Reviewer: Tony Herbert (July 2019)

All is True

Film by Kenneth Branagh (2019)
Reviewer: Amanda Hinds (July 2019)

Hamlet’s Elsinore Revisited

By Sven F. Vedi and Gerold Wagner (2018)
Reviewer: Eddi Jolly (April 2019)

Francis Bacon’s Contribution to Shakespeare

By Barry R. Clarke (2019)
Reviewer: Eddi Jolly (April 2019)

Necessary Mischief: Exploring the Shakespeare Authorship Question

By Bonner Miller Cutting (2019)
Reviewer: Richard Malim (April 2019)

Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver

National Portrait Gallery, London (21 February – 19 May 2019)
Reviewer: James Alexander (April 2019)

Shakespeare’s Dark Lady

By John Hudson (2014)
Reviewer: James Alexander (January 2019)

Shakespeare’s Apprentice

By Ramon Jiménez (2018)
Reviewer: Amanda Hinds (January 2019)

Reviews 2018

Shakespeare’s Secrets

Novel by Aaron Tatum (2018)
Reviewer: Evans Donnell (October 2018)

Shakespeare’s Wilderness

By David Rains Wallace (2017)
Reviewer: Patricia Keeney (July 2018)

The Fictional Lives of Shakespeare

By Kevin Gilvary (2018)
Reviewer: Eddi Jolly (April 2018)

Reviews 2017

Reflections on the True Shakespeare

By Gary Goldstein (2016)
Reviewer: Alexander Waugh (January 2017)

The Great Debate: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

Alexander Waugh vs. Jonathan Bate
Reviewers: Julia Cleave and Kevin Gilvary (October 2017)

Reviews 2016

Shakespeare’s Money – How much did he make and what did this mean?

By Robert Bearman (Oxford U.P., 2016)
Reviewer: Richard Malim

The Case for Edward de Vere

By Geoffrey Eyre (2015)
Reviewer: Richard Malim (January 2016)

Reviews 2014

Mr. William Shakespeare and Others: Collaborative Plays

By Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen (eds.)
Reviewer: Richard Malim

Reviews 2013

Shakespeare Beyond Doubt

By Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells
Reviewer: Richard Malim

The Truth about William Shakespeare

By David Ellis
Reviewer: Richard Malim

Reviews 2012

The Man Who Was Never Shakespeare

By A. J. Pointon
Reviewer: Kevin Gilvary

Who Wrote Shakespeare’s Plays?

By William D. Rubinstein
Reviewer: Kevin Gilvary

The Shakespeare Guide to Italy: Retracing the Bard’s Unknown Travels

By Richard Paul Roe
Reviewer: Christopher Dams

Reviews 2011

James Shapiro’s TV series ‘The King and the Playwright’

Reviewer: Richard Malim

The Man Who Was Hamlet

George Dillon’s one-man show

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

By James Shapiro
Reviewer: DVS

‘Anonymous’ film release

Director: Roland Emmerich
Reviewer: DVS

The Oxfordian Edition of Othello

Edited by Prof. Ren Draya and Richard F. Whalen
Reviewer: Christopher Dams

Shakespeare: The concealed poet

By Robert Detobel
Reviewers: Jan Scheffer and Elke Brackmann

The Man Who Was Never Shakespeare

By A. J. Pointon
Reviewer: Alexander Waugh in the Wall Street Journal Review of Books

Reviews 2010

Dating Shakespeare’s Plays: A critical review of the evidence

Edited by Kevin Gilvary

The Lame Storyteller, Poor and Despised: Studies in Shakespeare

By Peter R. Moore
Reviewer: Richard Malim

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare ?

By James Shapiro
Reviewer: Richard Malim (and Supplement)

Shakespeare and his authors: Critical perspectives on the Authorship Question (Ed: William Leahy)

Reviewer: Richard Malim

Reviews 2009

Soul of the Age – The Life, Mind and World of William Shakespeare

By Jonathan Bate
Reviewer: Richard Malim

The Muse as Therapist: A New Poetic Paradigm for Psychotherapy

By Heward Wilkinson
Reviewer: Richard M. Waugaman

Reviews 2008

Shakespeare Revealed

By Rene Weis
Reviewer: Richard Malim

Reviews 2007

Shakespeare & Co.

By Stanley Wells
Reviewer: Richard Malim

Shakespeare Marlowe Jonson: New Directions in Biography (Eds. Mulryne and Kozuka)

Reviewer: Richard Malim
Reviewer’s note: With a bit more space I would have pointed out more clearly that ‘Sparrow’ in Guy of Warwick and ‘Shaxberd’ in the Court Revels record looks like the same sort of denigration: that Buc’s ‘teste’ reference is to a ‘minister’ (a Churchman) acting in a play, a suggestion so ludicrous as to render the suggested Stratford connection a joke (which it was, and whose?).

The Wonder Mind: Shakespeare the Thinker

By Prof A. D. Nuttall
Reviewer: Richard Malim

I Am Shakespeare

By Mark Rylance
Reviewer: John Gill

Reviews 2006

1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

By James Shapiro
Reviewer: Richard Malim

Shakespeare’s Invention of the Human

By Harold Bloom
Reviewer: Richard Malim

Fletcher – The ‘Poet-Ape’: Shadowplay

By Claire Asquith
Reviewer: Richard Malim

Pseudonymous Shakespeare

By Penny McCarthy
Reviewer: Richard Malim

Reviews 2005

Will in the World: How Shakespeare became Shakespeare

By Stephen Greenblatt
Reviewer: Richard Malim

Shakespeare: The Biography, an analysis of the book

By Peter Ackroyd
Reviewer: Richard Malim

Reviews 2004

Monstrous Adversary

By Alan Nelson
Observations by Kevin Gilvary, Philip Johnson and Eddi Jolly. “Since 1920, Oxford has been touted by amateur historians and conspiracy theorists as the true author of the poems and plays of William Shakespeare. It has become a matter of urgency to measure the real Oxford against the myth created by his apologists, and uncritically embraced by television documentaries, by playwrights and by the popular press …” Quoted by the publishers on the back cover from the author’s introduction (omitting the final ‘even by justices of the United States Supreme Court’).

Demonography 101

By Peter Moore
[An extended Critique taken from pages 288-311 of The Lame Storyteller, Poor and Despised – see Publications “WE RECOMMEND” – by kind permission of Verlag Uwe Laugwitz.]

The Elizabethan Courtier Poets: Their Poems and their Contexts

By Stephen May
Reviewer: Tom Veal

Reviews 2003

In Search of Shakespeare

Michael Wood; London, BBC (2003)
Reviewer: Kevin Gilvary – The answers may be correct but the questions are wrong.

Reviews 2001

Shakespeare: A Life

By Park Honan
Reviewer: Richard Malim