More manicules….

Posted By on September 4, 2016


Manicule from de Vere Bible pointing to Psalm 30.

The attached .pdf shows a close comparison between the manicules of the de Vere bible and those found in the volume of Tyndale’s Exposition (1548) recently brought to light on ShakesVere. 

Comparison of multiple examples allows the examiner to see for the first time the way the samples form patterns that are distinct from their representational content. There is a clear divergence between the two samples in terms of the way the writer idealizes the shape of the manicule in his mind and then translates that image onto the page.

Manicules compared.

The example is a good illustration of how important it is to compare multiple exemplars of a form in order to see how the samples diverge (or, if they are in fact of common origin, converge). This evidence in my opinion fairly definitively rules out the possibility that both samples are by one writer.  I had hoped to see otherwise, but that’s what it looks to me.

Design Elements in the de Vere Bible Annotations

Posted By on September 3, 2016


Colorful fleur-de-lis design from II Macabees in the de Vere Geneva Bible.

Attached by pdf please find Fleur-de-lis designs and Manicules in the de Vere Bible Geneva Bible, Folger Shelfmark 1427 (STC 2106).

de vere manicules


Some Free Advice for BeMore Stratfordistas

Posted By on August 14, 2016

Here is a free  suggestion for aspiring Oxfraudians who want to follow in the footsteps of great scholars like James Shapiro or Tom Reedy.

Stratford is hiring. (more…)

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Blogging the Oxfraud Revolution

Posted By on May 21, 2016

bigstock-Best-Internet-Concept-of-globa-68957113The internet is a fascinating beast.

As we all know, it unleashed the potential for communication and conversation across distances, language barriers, and many other factors of both space and time.

Its always seemed to me a good rule of thumb that having passionate discussion is be preferred over listening to a dull or uninformed speaker, or worse yet, a speaker who is both dull and uninformed, as sometimes happens when orthodox “Shakespeareans” decide to give public lectures without much advance preparation on the theory that what’s good enough to convince themselves is good enough to convince anyone. From that point of view, we are lucky to have the internet as a new venue for inquiry as well as socializing. (more…)

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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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