The Oxfordian Chronology

We have been asking and begging to see a full Oxfordian Chronology and Paul Streitz has kindly provided one.

Now it is fair to say that not all Oxfordians agree with this comprehensive list of works that the Earl of Oxford either wrote himself, translated or to which he made significant contributions.  However, it is also fair to say that this is the first time we have ever seen such a full and final statement of De Vere's contribution to literature. And it is also fair to say that whilst there is little in the way of consensus of any kind in Oxfordland, whenever pressed on the issue, this is the so-called scholarship that they fall back on.

It's not all his own work, as he is quick to point out. Paul is relying (as do all Oxfordians) on the time-turning Mr Hess or the sensationally inaccurate guesswork of Eva Turner Clark, who quite possibly never read a word written by any Elizabethan playwright as she places Coriolanus in 1580, 27 years before it was written and 12 years before Henry VI. A total impossibility. Although this hole cretaes a paradox, since it is wider than their theory, Oxfordians are content to explain with by a process of continual rewriting, updating and producing of new versions, none of which survive, of course, as texts or in the records of performance. This is their version of collaborative theatre - though they tend to want to cling to Oxford's 100% authorship.


Enjoy. See if you can get your stylometric head round Henry VI i coming after Hamlet. And remember, the only reason Oxfordians need their alternative chronology, their alternative dating methods and their alternative to 300 years of existing scholarship is that Thomas Looney was daft enough to choose a candidate who died before one third of the work was written.

Here is the Oxfordian canon based on the work of Eva Turner Clark, Betty Sears, Stephanie Carauna and Paul Streitz. (my contribution was largely to date the works from between 1604 and 1608 because Oxford did not die in 1604, but rather disappeared. This added the King James Bible to the Oxfordian canon.) Other works such as The Secretary (do I have the right title? Probably not. And other discovered poems should be added. And other works as well.

Date of Writing--Title (Earlier Title in Parentheses), Production--Attribution
1562 Jack the Juggler, Play
1562 Romeus and Juliet, Poem, Arthur Brooke
1562 Spinning Wheel Poem, found in Cecil papers to Anne Cecil
1563 The Fable of Ovid Treating of Narcissus, Translation
1563 The historie of Leonard Aretine, Leonardo Bruni, 1369–1444, Translation, Arthur Golding
1564 The abridgment of the histories of Trogvs Pompeius, Marcus Junianus, Translation, Arthur Golding
1564 Palamon & Arcyte, Damon & Pithiest Richard Edwards
1564 The eyght bookes of Caius Iulius Caesar, Julius Caesar, Translation, Arthur Golding
1565-7 Ovid’s Metamorphoses, P. Ouidius Naso, Translation, Arthur Golding
1565-7 Ralph Roister Doister, Play, Nicholas Udall
1565-7 Doleful Ditty of Lord Darnleigh, Henry Chettle
1566 Agamemnon, Medea, Hippolytus, and Hercules Oeteus, Seneca, Translations, John Studley
1566 Palaemon and Areite, Play, before Queen Elizabeth at Oxford in 1566; survives as The Two Noble Kinsmen, published in 1634
1566 Jocasta, Euripides, Translation George Gascoigne and Francis Kinwelmershe
1566 Gli Supposit, The Supposes, Ariosto, Translation George Gascoigne
1567 Horestes, Translation John Pikering
1571 The Courtier, Balthasar Castiglione: Translation by Bartholomew Clerke, preface by Oxford
1573 100 Sundrie Flowers, Various poems, The first English novel, The Adventures of Master F.I., Meritum petere grave
1573 Cardanus Comforte, Introductory Poem by E. Oxenford
1576 A Paradise of Dainty Devices, seven Poems by E.O.
1577 The Famous Victories of Henry V, contains a robbery at Gravesend based on one perpetrated by Oxford’s men on May 20, 1573. This is an event not related in the actual history of the play, but one perpetrated by Oxford and Oxford’s men on servants of Sir William Cecil, the circumstances of which are described in a letter to William Cecil
1577 The Comedy Of Errors, (The Historie of Error), Hampton Court, Jan. 1, 1577, First Folio
1577 Timeon Of Athens, (The Historie Of The Solitarie Knight), Whitehall, Feb. 17, 1577, First Folio
1577 Titus Andronicus, (The historye of Titus and Gisippus), Whitehall, Feb. 19, 1577
1577 Pericles, (A pastorell or historie of a Greeke Maide), Court, Dec. 29, 1577
1577 Woman’s Changeableness, Poem
1577 Verses Made by the Earl of Oxford, Poems, Earl of Oxford
1578 Cymbeline, (An History Of The Crueltie Of A Stepmother), Richmond, Dec. 28, 1578, First Folio
1579 The Taming of The Shrew (A Morall Of The Marryage Of Mynde And Measur) Richmond, Jan. 1, 1579, First Folio
1578 All’s Well That Ends Well, (The Historie Of The Rape Of The Second Helene), Court, Jan. 6, 1578, First Folio
1579 Love’s Labours Lost, (Double Maske), Court, Jan. 11, 1579
1579 The Two Gentlemen of Verona, (A History Of The Duke Of Millayn And The Marquis Of Mantus), Whitehall, Dec. 26, 1579, First Folio
1579 Henry VI, Part II
1579 The Defense of the Military Profession 1579 The Merchant of Venice, (Portio and Demonrates), Court, Feb. 2, 1580
1579 Antony and Cleopatra, (Ptolome, The History of Serpedon), The Bull and at Court, Feb. 1580, Whitehall, Nov. 21, 1581, First Folio
1579 Thomas of Woodstock, Play
1579 Arden of Feversham, (Murderous Michael), Play
1580 Lover’s Complaint, Poem, William Shakespeare
1580 A Discourse upon the earthquake that happened through this realme of Englande and other places of Christendom, the sixt of Aprill, 1580, Pamphlet, Arthur Golding
1580 Twelfth Night, First Folio
1580 Henry VI, Part III
1580 Richard III
1580 Coriolanus, First Folio
1581 Measure for Measure, First Folio
1581 Romeo and Juliet
1581 The Troublesome Reign of King John, First Folio
1581 Richard II
1581 As You Like It, First Folio
1583 Julius Caesar, (The History of fferrar), Court, Jan. 6, 1583, First Folio
1583 Much Ado About Nothing, (A History of Ariodante and Geneuora), Richmond, Feb. 12, 1583
1583 Othello
1583 4 Epitahs to Oxford’s Son, Poems, published in John Soowthern’s Pandora Countess of Oxford
1584 Midsummer Night’s Dream, (A Pastorall of Phillyda & Choryn), Greenwich, Dec. 26, 1584
1584 Triolus and Cressida, (Agamemnon and Ulisses), Greenwich, Dec 27, 1584
1584 Sapho and Phao, Play, Translation, John Lyly
1584 Campaspe, Play, Translation, John Lyly
1584 Greene’s Card of Fancy, Book, John Lyly
1584 Anne Vavasor’s Echo, Poem
1584 Spanish Trajedgy, PlayThomas Kyd
1585 Hamlet, (Felix and Philomela) (Ur-Hamlet), Greenwich, Jan. 3, 1585
1585 Henry IV, Part I First Folio
1585 Merry Wives of Windsor, (An Antick Play and Comodye), Somerset, Feb. 23, 1585
1584-5 Campaspe, Sapho and Phao, Galathea, Love’s Metamorphosis, Endimion, Midas, Mother Bombie, Woman in the Moon, Court Comedies, John Lyly
1586 The Winter’s Tale, (The Winter’s Night’s Tale),
Court, Nov. 6, 1611, First Folio
1586 Henry V
1586 Henry VI, Part II First Folio
1586 Henry IV, Part II
1588 Macbeth, First Folio
1590 King Lear
1591 King John
1591 Forty Several ways of two parts in one made upon a plain song, Song Book Dedication to Oxford; (songs by Oxford?), John Farmer
1593 Tears of Fancy, Who taught thee first to sigh? Poems Earl of Oxenforde
1593 Venus and Adonis, Narrative Poem, William Shakespeare
1594 Willobie His Avisa, Narrative Poem, M. Henry Willobie
1594 The Rape of Lucrece, Narrative Poem, William Shakespeare
1594 Edward the Second, Marlowe
1595 Locrine, Play, W.S.
1597 Isle of Dogs, Play, Thomas Nashe
1599 The First Set of English Madrigals, Dedication to Oxford; songs by Oxford may be includedJohn Farmer
1599 THE/Passionate/Pilgrime./by W. Shakespeare, William Shakespeare
1601 Phoenix and the Turtle, Narrative Poem, William Shakespeare
1603 Henry VIII, First Folio
1604-8 SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS, Narrative Poems
1604-8 The Tempest, First Folio
1604-8 King James Bible, Anonymous Clerics

For Consideration:
1566 Patient Grissel, John Philips
1566 Heroical Epistles of Ovid, George Turberville
1569 A Marveous Strange Fish, C.R.`
1576 Book of Falconrie, George Turberville
1576 A Petite Palace of Pettie His Pleasure, George Pettie
1576 The Noble Art of Venerie
1579 A Special Remedie Against the Furious Foce of Lawless Love
1580 Plutarch’s Lives, Thomas North
1581 A Farewell to the Military Profession, Barnaby Rich
1594 Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay, Robert Greene
1603 Montaigne’s Essays, John Florio
1600 The Weakest goeth to the Wall
1622 The Compleat Gentleman (reprinted several times)

No Date:
A Choice of Emblems, John Whitney
The Golden Ass, Translation of Apuleius, William Adlington
Idylls of Theocritus, Translation, E.D.
Gammer Gurton’s Needle
Sir Thomas More
Greenes Groats-worth of Wit, Robert Greene (Ver?)
The Troublesome Raign of King John
The Taming of a Shrew
The True Tragedy of Richard Duke of York
The Contention Betwixt The Two Famous Houses of Yorke and Lancaster

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Comments (3)

  • alfa-16's picture

    Hey, nice to to see ya. You're right, of course. Anyone can come up with a list of 50 names, plucked out of the air. Just because we have documentation telling us who they are and what they did doesn't mean that actually existed or actually did anything. And, of course, chronology is always an Oxfordian's strongpoint. Given De Vere's output of 40 lines of verse a year, he'd be still working on his Bible translation today. He'd have got as far as Ecclesiastes by my calculation.

    Jul 02, 2014
  • Hairy_Lime's picture

    Of course, Streitz is the looney - as opposed to Looney - end of the spectrum, and as I recall does not believe that any of the documents being housed in libraries and museums throughout England related to the Translators and the Translation exist, or at least, are legit.  I get the impression that "mainstream? Oxies don't think much of him.

    I would love to see a timeline from some Ox who is a little less... unique.

    Jul 12, 2014