Made necessary by the capricious deletion of posts which take issue with much of what is provided as tuition, most of which is partisan and a great deal of which is simply familiar authorship nonsense, we have provided a safe space for dissenting voices who believe that Dr Barber and her doubter friends are trying to lead the unwary up a slippery garden path. We swill impose the same rules, that Dr Barber claims to enforce but disregards entirely in the attempt to silence her critics. No insults, no emotive or sarcastic payloads. Just the facts, folks.

This column section is for Week 2, which starts with "B1: Shakespeare and the Hand D additions to Sir Thomas More, which perhaps should have been titled "How do we dismiss evidence when it's solid, well-supported and conclusive?"

It ends with a request to read evidence on this site, aww shucks! And to read Diana Price's essay which is another recent attempt to make it all go away. Our own response to that essay is dealt with, point by inaccurate point, in this annotated response.

Other Handwriting articles

A Secretary Hand
A sample of the only TrueType font designed to approximate to Old English Secretary Hand.
A W Pollard
Link to download Pdf of the CUP 1923 edition of Pollard's book, Shakespeare's Hand in The Play of Sir Thomas More.
An Artist's hand
Sample of other Elizabethan hands, including the fragment thought to be by Marlowe.
An Italic Hand
One of Oxford's tin mining letters in a font close to the italic hand he was taught.
Hand D Comments
Hand D eliminates pretty much all the alternative candidates. This page is for protest at its unequivocal attribution to Shakespeare by its curators.
Hand D home
A summary of the case for Hand D and a link page for more detailed articles on the subject.
Hand D Triptych
Hand D British Library Manuscript Harley 7368. 6000x2800 hi-res sharpened, bleached and colour-balanced image.
Hand of Damocles
A look at the big data stylometry techniques used to tie Hand D to the canon using big data and PCA.
Handwriting Home
How the handwriting that Oxford and Shakespeare left behind can be used to separate them permanently.
Inked Out
A very detailed analysis of how the language Oxford spoke is different to the language that Shakepeare wrote. The two men are in very different creative spaces.
Inked Out: Appendix
A detailed comparison of spelling used in the Hand D additions to Sir Thomas More and the Earl of Oxford's letter.
Internal evidence
For those still unconvinced of Hand D's attribution to Shakespeare, big data stylometry eliminates the final doubt placing it squarely in the canon.
Price on Hand D
The only recent response from Oxfordians to Hand D is this essay from Diana Price to which they all refer as if it were Holy Writ.
Sir Ian McKellen - doing a bit
Sir Ian McKellen has no doubt who wrote Hand D. It's Shakespeare. And on a good day. Harriet Walter's here too.
Sir Thomas More - text
The text of Sir Thomas More with the additions by Shakespeare in red type.
Thomas Bayes and Elliott–Valenza
Early stylometry was unsure about Hand D. Elliott & Valenza didn't like it. Professor Mac Jackson reassures them,
Will's Handwriting
A close look at the handwriting analysis of Will's signatures, derided by doubters everywhere. Well, they would, wouldn't they?