Shakespeare’s Pole Oxford, B...

In 1611 the travel writer, Thomas Coryat, published his famous memoir Coryat’s Crudities, adding to it in memory of his late father (poet, scholar and rural vicar, George Coryat), an appendix of poems entitled Posthuma Fragmenta Poematum Georgii Coryati (Posthumous poetical fragments of George Coryat), in which, afte....

Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Half ...

I. Problems of Dating Shakespeare in General In 1926, a little-known article was published by Elizabeth Beckwith1 to present her approach to dating some 52 of the Shakespeare Sonnets. Gathering her data from Sir Sidney Lee’s 1901 and 1905 works, for each selected sonnet she would find a line or two which echoed simil....

Shakespeare’s Missing Connections

In his famous book, Palladis Tamia (1598), Francis Meres groups the best English playwrights into two lists: the ‘best for tragedy’ and the ‘best for comedy.’ Shakespeare and Chapman are the only two playwrights whom Mere deems good enough to qualify for both groups. Taking the names from each list of those 22 ....

A Yorkshire Tragedy

In 1560, Amy Robsart, wife to Robert Dudley, afterwards Earl of Leicester and favourite of the Queen, died after a fall down the stairs at Cumnor. While Leicester was cleared of blame at the subsequent inquest, his absence at the funeral and at the inquest no doubt added fuel to the rumour perpetrated by his […]....

Coming of Age: Five Milestones...

In the year 1571, Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, achieved his majority, having reached 21 years of age. Ranking high among the peers because of his ancestry, he assumed the hereditary role of Lord High Chamberlain to the Queen. He had already seen some involvement with the military under the Earl of Sussex during [&he....

New evidence for de Vere from ...

From a talk given to the De Vere Society in September 2015. © Charles Bird. Castle Hedingham 2015 The pages of the First Folio of Shakespeare’s works printed in 1623, contain engravings of an animal which must have astonished those who first saw it. After all, considering the cost and difficulty of producing the....