Posted By on November 29, 2009

Welcome to Shake-Speare’s
Our topic is Shake-speare’s Bible. The one he owned.
Really. No joke.
To learn what that means, please visit the “about” page.

For a selection of some of the very best online de Vere/Shakespeare resources, visit my links page. – Ed

If your site fits well with this list, let me know and I can list it.

Update 3/16- categories are not working! Sorry for any confusion. Still working on it.

I am a Part of all that I have Met

Posted By on October 20, 2018

October 18, 2018 Oxfraud Post by “Ben Montanto.”

The line is from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Ulysses ,” and it has long been a favorite of mine, for I think it expresses a truth that is both great and profound. For those awake to life, we take the tragedy (witness our current American politics) along with the rare opportunities for human authenticity and our part in the divine comedy. Whether we react against something, by, for example, unfriending some facebook  associate whose political views we find offensive (which I have both done and been done to), or we embrace a lover or friend or discover a new world view or enjoy tea by the fire, we are paying attention to our own responses in the world, questioning the limited value of dividing our experience up by narrow “tribal” affiliation and thinking that  it is good to live primarily by responding against something or someone or that when we do we have cleansed ourselves of whatever caused the rupture.

One place  it is almost impossible to  do this, of course, is in Shakespeare studies, where one-eyed false consciousness is king of the roost, and students are given a hero who never lived a day he didn’t forget, according to leading authorities at places like Harvard, Yale, or Columbia (to name only the most prestigiously wrong).

O well, the authorities will say, he remembered his son when he wrote his play, transposing just one letter from “Hamnet” to Hamlet while forgetting his source for the play, the “Amleth” of  Saxo Grammaticus.  But  in nearly every other way, the  Stratfordian professor must confess, he was about as alienated from life as a biographical subject can be. If he ever saw the cities and minds of men (and women), he left no trace of it in his biography. As Charles Beauclerk has said, the Stratfordian myth is liking going back to Vienna in the mid 18th century and not being able to find anyone who knew or had heard of Mozart.

Hydrarchos MS Analyzed in Journal of Forensic Document Examination

Posted By on April 26, 2018

An 1846 handcrafted news satire previously documented on this website in the two posts linked below has been published in the 2017 issue of the Journal of Forensic Document Examination.  The article details a few of the numerous grounds for the document’s attribution as a lost-and-found words and picture manuscript of the American novelist Herman Melville (1819-1891). Click on the image to enlarge it.








The article incorporates 32 visual illustrations in color, including high definition images of the MS itself. Click on the image to enlarge it.








The entire article is now available here.

Links to previous articles about the “Hydrarchos,” including full color illustrations:


Roger that, CEDAR

The Magic Man in the Shakespeare Authorship Question

Posted By on March 26, 2018

Paul Gallico’s novel, The Magic Man, imagines a character who knows actual magic in a world where everyone else is just doing tricks out of books.  They are masters of the sleight-of-hand, and he is the one in touch with the divine powers of actually performing magic that works because it is real.

For Stratfordians, Shakespeare is a kind of magic man in the sense that none of the usual rules are expected to apply to him. We don’t really need evidence for his education, because he lived in Stratford when there was a school there and his father was an alderman, so he probably attended, even if we don’t have the proof for it (he must have gone to grammar school, after all, to write the plays). He understood at a profound philosophical level the conflict between law and equity in English jurisprudence but never went to college, let alone to the Inns of Court to study either law or philosophy.  Music, linguistics, and the rest he probably inherited for all we know. The magic man, indeed – he makes something out of nothing.

But for post-Stratfordians — Oxfordian or otherwise — Shakespeare is also a magic man, because he’s the one who pulled off the stunt, with a little help from Jonson et al. — he disappeared successfully for four hundred years, erasing his tracks as he went. He left only the message of his works and letters, which he knew full well would, more seriously considered, disclose him to the world.

So, yes, Shakespeare is the magic man in this story, whichever way you look at it. I guess that means that we get to chose what kind of magic man we prefer.

What kind of a magic man do you see in this story?

Debate News From Jamaica

Posted By on September 24, 2017

“Difficile est non scribere satyram”

Some months past your editor had occasion to call attention to a certain post office box in Jamaica from which he has in the past received intelligence.

They say that lightning never strikes twice, but actually, there are many people – and I am  like them in many ways – who have been struck not only twice, but three, four, five or even six or seven times by lightning, so that by now they are all miss-wired and discombobulated, and have also, somehow, lived to tell of it.

Yes, it has happened: lightning has struck again! Only this time it was a phone call, not an email, from Jamaica. I immediately recognized that the call was from Jamaica by the 876 prefix, but the caller was and remains utterly unknown to me except that he introduces himself, as you shall see, as Professor True Fact.  – Editor Eddy

I picked up the phone.

“Hello?” It was a very distinguished and colorfully ostentatious voice, a little high in the register, sounding full of merry England after a couple of good shots of Scotch on the rocks, via Jamaica: “This is Professor True Fact. If you know what’s good for you, you will retract what you wrote about me. You totally misconstrued the sophisticated rhetoric of my usage of ‘you.’ I did not mean, ‘You, yourself’ when I said that if you believed in gremlins you were like a holocaust denier.  I didn’t even know that you believed in gremlins when I wrote it. So, you see, it’s all a big misunderstanding, caused by your miss-perceptions of what I meant. I meant somebody else. You really should read better.

Eddy. I see.


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In "From Crackpot to Mainstream"Keir Cutler, PhD, takes down the recent Shakespeare Beyond Doubt (OUP, 2013)

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