Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt was the vicar of Bishop's Inchington (yes there is such a place) near Stratford-Upon-Avon. He was born around 1596 and is famous for precisely nothing, having written absolutely nothing of worth, taking part in no particularly great deeds and basically living much the sort of life one would expect the Vicar of Bishop's Inchington to live.

So why bother mentioning him? Because he owned a copy of William Camden's 1590 bestseller 'Britannia' which briefly mentions Stratford-Upon-Avon as owing its reputation to two fosters sons; John of Stratford who built the church and Hugh Clopton who build the stone bridge over the Avon. This apparently was not sufficient for Richard Hunt who decided to write in the margin next to us 'And William Shakespeare, truly our Roscius' (Roscius being a widely admired Roman actor). In other words, at least one person viewed Shakespeare of Stratford as being at least a great actor.

Note: Of course to Oxfordians who believe that if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, then its Edward De Vere in disguise, this is taken as proof that the hoax to conceal the Earl of Oxford's authorship worked.

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  • alfa-16's picture

    I have absolutely no idea how Francis Walsingham had any time to do anything else. All this hoaxing and covering up must have filled the days of his entire Department.

    Jan 18, 2013
  • Hairy_Lime's picture

    Interestingly enough, in connection with the annual office secret gift exchange, I played a fairly amusing - in context, I shan't bore you with details - joke on the person I had drawn for a recipient.  During the course of the next week I had to take so many people into my confidence to prevent the guy from knowing it was me that in the end roughly everyone in the office wound up knowing EXCEPT him.  And I eventually had to tell him because, between his trying to find me out and my depserate attempts to keep him from finding out, our section of the office had ground to a stand-still.

    Which is to say, it is cursedly harder to keep a secret than you think, especially once you get down to the nuts and bolts of who has to know and how do you keep their silence.  That is why, as I noted earlier, the whole conspiracy business works only from an hermetic point of view; once you let the real world into it, it collapses.  This is, of course, most notable when you look at the Prince Tudor nonsense, where the number of people just in the individual households who would have to know (never mind the actual conspirators, family members, visitors and their retinues, etc.) would be in the hundreds.  But it works with the whole of the argument as well.  I have never seen an explanation of Meres that works in the real world.

    Jan 20, 2013
  • alfa-16's picture

    Of course, you can hide big secrets, even if a lot of people are in on them, but you need two things. The Official Secrets Act and a solid reason to hide it. Even then, it will only last a few years. And, just like crackpot theory, one piece of conclusive evidence will undo the whole thing.

    Jan 21, 2013