| 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. Of course, since we don’t believe in censorship and bullying here, and we’re interested in a lot of different subjects — being, as it were, on an intellectual adventure […]

When Absence of Evidence Thunders in the Margins

| January 21, 2014

I am rereading Peter Sturrock’s recent authorship book AKA Shakespeare, which seeks to involve readers in evaluating evidence through the use of Bayesian statistical methods. The book comes with its own interactive website to help readers draw their own conclusions using Bayesian methods. Sturrock is an Oxfordian, but more than that he is a Professor Emeritus of Applied […]

Shakespeare, Douay Rheims, and the de Vere Geneva Bible

| December 13, 2012

A recent guest post by Knitwitted lucidly lays out the evidence assembled by Naseeb Shaheen in his books on Shakespeare’s Bible references for the priority of the Geneva Bible in Shakespeare’s religious imagination. Quoting Shaheen, she argues that while The Geneva Bible may have been the version that Shakespeare knew best and which he seems […]

Assessment of Edward de Vere’s Genevan Bible

| December 7, 2012

by Knitwitted Per Naseeb Shaheen *Biblical References in Shakespeare’s Plays* (1999, 2011) pp. 38-39: “The vast majority of Shakespeare’s biblical references cannot be traced to any one version, since the many Tudor Bibles are often too similar to be differentiated. But of the more than 1,040 biblical references that are listed in this volume (excluding […]

Shakespeare and Forgiveness

| September 17, 2012

A Guest Post by Thomas Bruder In the same essay, Dante (1929), in which TS Eliot famously wrote that “Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them; there is no third,” Eliot compares the two poets: And gradually we come to admit that Shakespeare understands a greater extent and variety of human life than […]

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

Criticism of Cutler's "Is Shakespeare Dead?": "A magnificently witty performance!" (Winnipeg Sun). "Highly entertaining and engrossing!" (EYE Weekly). "Is Shakespeare Dead? marshals startling facts into an elegant and often tenacious argument that floats on a current of delicious irony" (Montreal Gazette).