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Leonard Digges

Leonard Digges was provably a huge Shakespeare fan and a contemporary. Famous son of a famous son, his grandfather has a fighting claim to have invented both the telescope and the theodolite.

His father published the first book in English on the Copernican theory. Leonard grew up in the Golden Age of English Theatre and wrote rather more about Shakespeare than he is known for in the authorship debate.

John Davies of Hereford

John Davies of Hereford's poem of 1610, written in the present tense to Will Shake-speare (with the hyphen six years after De Vere died) provides all the information Oxfordians claim is non-existent in one verse. It also strongly implies he is a commoner.

No room for speculation about identities here. In fact, I'm not really sure what needs to be added to this, other than the fact that it completely demolishes all contentions that there are no contemporary references to Will's career and collapses the whole silly, pseudonym/front man theory.

The Italian Job

'Almost no Oxfordian argument has wasted more bandwidth than Will's knowledge of Italy. The arguments have a unique brand of silliness all their own. We revisited this subject here.

It was inevitable that we would need to look at the work of Richard Paul Roe at some time. After losing a game of 'who knows the most famous Icelanders' it has fallen to me.


Like Diana Price, Roe disingenuously decided to 'withhold' any personal preference for actual candidates in the authorship question, preferring to concentrate on the accuracy of the geography of the Italian plays.  It does, however, neatly absolve him from the need to explain some big inconsistencies such as the presence of inland waterways which might plausibly allow Shakespeare's characters to sail between inland destinations which have totally implausible tides which they are hurrying to catch. Not only do canals not have tides, there are no tides anywhere in the Mediterranean area, something visitors tend to observe.

Roe decides not to engage in Oxfordian argument and limit his contribution to proving that Shakespeare went to Italy. There could, of course, be creditable motives for this. Tying actual places named in the plays to real Italian locations, could almost certainly (favourite Oxfordian phrase) prove (another) that the author had visited Italy. 


Possible location of the wrong tree, up which Oxfordians like to bark

There are, however, three problems inherent in his argument, especially if it is intended to support De Vere (and since destinations not included in De Vere's trip of 1574/5 do not appear to feature, assumptions beg to be assumed).  

The Straw Army

An incredible find was revealed to the public in the university town of Baltimore, today.

After a long period of campaigning, a group of Stratfordian historians and archaeologists were finally given permission to excavate a disused car park lot on the Coppin State University site. Initially dismissed as frivolous, bitterly opposed by anti-Shakespeareans, their quest to discover a buried hoard of Strawmen, thought to have remained hidden since the middle of the nineteenth century, has now paid off handsomely.

Books - 1 Samuel


DavidThe childless Hannah vows to Yahweh of hosts that if she has a son, he will be dedicated to him. Eli, the priest of&

Lame him with reasons

A literal-minded Oxfordian (is there any other kind?), insists that the author of the sonnets is using the word 'lame' in the literal sense to describe himself. The evidence for Oxford's literal incapacity is lame but his tendency for self-pity is real enough. In this list of uses of the word lame, taken from the plays (with the offending sonnet), our Oxfordian friend counted only four metaphorical uses of 'lame' (later, after a chorus of the giggles, 'adjusted' to seven and one 'arguable').

How good is his eye for a figure of speech?

Sir Thomas More - text

An anonymous play of the sixteen century ascribed in part to William Shakespeare. First printed in 1844 and here re-edited from the Harleian MS. 7368 in the British Museum.

Modern spelling.
Hand D shown in red
Further possible addition shown in blue

Internet Argument 101

Hey, before you post that daft response, remember, Big Art may be watching you! In fact, judging by his expression, he probably is.

You just gotta love a German philospher who spells a huge surname without diacritical marks, haven't you? Get your attribution tools ready. No self-respecting literary detective can possibly believe that the following article was written by a German in the first half of the 19C.

Arthur Schopenhauer (22 February 1788 – 21 September 1860) was a German philosopher best known for his book, The World as Will and Representation (German: Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung), in which he claimed that our world is driven by a continually dissatisfied will, continually seeking satisfaction. Influenced byEastern philosophy, he maintained that the "truth was recognized by the sages of India"; consequently, his solutions to suffering were similar to those of Vedantic and Buddhist thinkers (i.e., asceticism). His faith in "transcendental ideality" led him to accept atheism.

Redating the Tempest 2.

An Anti-Stratfordian Tour de Farce

Although an intensely irritating waste of paper, despite appearances, there is a purpose in this type of publication.

Books like these are published to be reviewed here. To be cited in internet discussion. When they find themselves unable to explain why The Tempest is associated with Hallowmas rather than Shrovetide, these books provide Oxfordians with an out. "Have you read my book on The Tempest" they will say. Or "Have you read Stritmatter and Kositsky's book on The Tempest?" It's usually said with a patronising snort, implying both that the matter has been dealt with definitively and whoever they are arguing with is poorly read on the subject.

In other words, the book is intended to be cited for what it set out to achieve, rather than what it actually says.

It actually says very little.