Hollow Crown Finale
He's coming
Shakespearean Qualities in De Vere's work?
Happy SAQ-free anniversary
Our rivals now are ended
Q. What can we learn from the marks in Oxford's Bible?
New! Oxfordian Scholarship looks at Modern Classics.
Is the Shawshank Redemption all it seems?
When I was seventeen...
It was a very good year
For writing awful verse Pretending I'm Shakespeare
Doubt over Hand D crushed
Big Data is coming to stylometry
Hampton Court on Avon
"one of the most important Shakespearean discoveries of the last twenty years" R Stritmatter

A site for Shakespeare lovers. Who aren't keen on authorship impostors.

100 Reasons is FINALLY complete

Welcome to Oxfraud

100 reasons

A list of 100 reasons why The 17th Earl of Oxford did not write, contribute to or have any connection with the work of William Shakespeare.

Big Questions

The most important questions in what has become known, to a very small audience of very irritated scholars as 'The Shakespeare Authorship Quotation."

Sidelights

Small but relevant ripples in the pond cast by Will's contemporaries and other historical figures.

Reviews

Our opinions on the very short list of worthwhile SAQ books along with the some of the famous but still worthless efforts of the doubters.

Oxfraud University

Our very own pedagogical efforts at steering people clear of cant and nonsense.

Better candidates

There are lots of alternative candidates. 70 at the last count. Most of them better than the Earl of Oxford.

Anonymous

Deleted scenes and other matters arising from the film of the theory.

Agony column

We reply to your letters about dealing with pareidolia and other dinner table excrescences which can spoil your evening.

and more...

We have surrendered to Disqus Comments. The Disqus system is now properly integrated with our CMS. No need to register any longer to comment on articles. The old comments are all still there and can be replied to. But Disqus is the way forward.

The format of Will's plays online has tended to be a bit scraggy. We've tidied them up a bit so that after you have spent 20 minutes satisfying yourself there is nothing at all in Oxfordianism, you can devote the rest of your time on our site to the master himself.


Quote mining You can now search the plays and articles independently with our new Advanced Search Feature which appears on every Search Results Page.

A superb new archive of Shakespeare online is being built here.

We have collected some of the very finest Oxfordian nonsense and included it here. You won't believe it. No one believes it.
Looking for an authorship-themed present for that special Oxfordian friend. You know, the one you never want to see again. Of course you are! Here it is.
In a chapter on The Anti-Stratfordians, David Aaronovitch in his book Voodoo Histories, says; “There is, however, a psychological or anthropological question to be answered about our consumption of pseudo-history and pseudoscience. I have now plowed through enough of these books to be able to state that, as a genre, they are badly written and, in their anxiety to establish their dubious neo-scholarly credentials, incredibly tedious. . . . Why do we read bad history books that have the added lack of distinction of not being in any way true or useful . . .”
In the TLS, Charles Nicholl reviews Bart van Es’s Shakespeare in Company. "He seeks to show that Shakespeare’s achievement as a writer was in crucial ways communal; that the contributions of his playhouse colleagues, indeed his whole immersion in the business and practice of the theatre, are woven into the fabric of his plays; and that in a broadly chronological framework one can see his literary skills evolving in response to certain changes in his working conditions. These are not in themselves new ideas, but they are pursued with great vigour and clarity, and with much telling documentary detail, and the book moves us yet further away from that daft but tenacious construct of Shakespeare the lofty genius, 'seated' (as Coleridge put it) among the 'glory-smitten summits of the poetic mountain'."
Isolating an Oxfordian misunderstanding
"It is a persistent, uninterrupted activity that constitutes the superior mind. The object to which this activity is directed is a matter of subordinate importance; it has no essential bearing on the superiority in question, but only on the individual who possesses it. All that education can do is to determine the direction which this activity shall take;and that is the reason why a man's nature is so much more important than his education. For education is to natural faculty what a wax nose is to a real one; or what the moon and the planets are to the sun. In virtue of his education a man says, not what he thinks himself, but what others have thoughtand he has learned as a matter of training; and what he does is not what he wants, but what he has been accustomed to do."
The quickest way to prepare yourself for an argument. Download our printable Single Page Guide to eliminating the Earl as an authorship candidate.
If you are interested in studying the wide, wide, wide field of crackpot theory, here's a guide to assessing your own. Or someone else's.
We hope you like it. A redesign rather than an upgrade, the new site has new types of content and a much more flexible architecture, of which we will be taking full advantage in the months to come. It's designed take advantage of the new mobile features in CSS3 and HTML5 (try sliding the images or footers on your iPad!). Quite of lot of articles needed altering to conform to the new style sheet and may be marked with a 'new content' indicator when only the formatting has changed. There are hundreds of articles now, so you may find places where these changes are still needed. Do let us know if you find mistakes or inconsistencies by posting on the Feedback page below.