A Tirade About a Joust in Trebizond: How Was Edward De Vere Involved In This Example Of Commedia Erudita In 1575?

A Tirade About a Joust in Treb...

This article provides background to the characters, places and political context of a presentation by the author [JS] at the DVS Autumn meeting in 2019, A Wedding Joust in Tribizond: Commedia Erudita and Sinister Politics in 1575, and an article (with the same title) by W. Ron Hess (assisted by JS, A. Colin Wright an....
That ‘Famous Persecutor Of Priscian’: Oxford, Shakespeare And The Repurification Of English

That ‘Famous Persecutor Of P...

Stratfordians have long sought to bolster their improbable claims by appeal to three contemporary allusions, each of which appears to indicate that Shakespeare was unlearned. The first is a verse-epistle by ‘F.B.’ (probably Francis Beaumont) addressed to Ben Jonson sometime after 1606, in which Shakespeare’s best....
Sogliardo & Co. : Members of the Stratford Corporation in Ben Jonson’s Every Man Out of His Humour

Sogliardo & Co. : Members...

Much of the evidence for William Shakspere throughout the late 1590s documents his involvement in business and financial matters. One important piece of financial evidence has come down to us through Richard Quiney, a business associate and family friend of Shakspere, who wrote him a letter in 1598 requesting a £30 lo....
ATHENA’S ‘OX’

ATHENA’S ‘OX’

When I first became an Oxfordian, back in the late 1980s, having learned that the pseudonym ‘William Shake-speare’ most probably was a reference to the Greco-Roman goddess Athene/Athena = Minerva, I searched through my copy of Volume 57 in the Loeb Classic Library, where I found the 28th Homeric Hymn, an 18-line tr....
A Storm Called Emillia

A Storm Called Emillia

Was Æmilia Bassano the Dark Lady or even the Hidden Author? When Michelle Terry was first appointed artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe in 2017, she commissioned a new work about an overlooked female poet. Morgan Lloyd Malcolm developed a play from the known facts of the life of Æmilia (more often spelt Emilia....