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

A Brief Discourse of Rebellion...

By H. H. Patrick O’Brien, of Thaxted, Essex A Brief Discourse of Rebellions & Rebels exists in a manuscript written by George North in 1576, consisting of 114 pages (British Library MS 70520). It was tracked down recently by two researchers, Denis McCarthy and June Schlueter.1 Their study of A Brief Discourse....
The Play on the Eve of the Essex Rebellion

The Play on the Eve of the Ess...

It is generally agreed that a play was enacted on the day before the Essex Rebellion of 1601 to stir up the public and get them involved in support of the Earl of Essex. However, there has been some debate as to which play was performed. The contending plays are Richard II by William Shakespeare, […]....
In Memory of A Pathfinder: Charlton Ogburn Jr

In Memory of A Pathfinder: Cha...

The combination of the publication of Charlton Ogburn’s The Mysterious William Shakespeare in 1984 and the subsequent Frontline program The Shakespeare Mystery in 1989 were arguably turning points in a revival of interest in the Shakespeare authorship question in the late twentieth century. Taken together, the b....
Two Gentlemen of Verona – A Euphistic Story by Edward de Vere

Two Gentlemen of Verona –...

In several previous articles on Euphues, a character of the 16th-century English writer John Lyly, we have shown how Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, Lyly’s employer, shared John Lyly’s ideas in his ‘Shakespeare’ plays both comic and tragic (see de Vere Society Newsletter April 2020, July 2021). We see simi....