“I swear by God’s body, I’d rather that my son should hang than study letters. For it becomes the sons of gentlemen to blow the horn nicely, to hunt skillfully and elegantly, carry and train a hawk. But the study of letters should be… go to article
The final number was 102.
There are many more than 100 reasons to dismiss Oxford's candidacy.
This site lists 102 Oxfordian arguments and explains why they are misguided.
Some ideas on the current state of SAQ affairs Oxfordians claim to have assembled their contentions into a theory built from first principles by using a mass of circumstantial evidence. But are their claims reasonable or do… go to article
Faced with Sir Thomas More, a patchwork production by a rabble of commoners, which “like the toad … wears yet a precious jewel in his head”—a scene of Shakespeare’s—the Oxfordians have had to re-invent his lordship yet again. … go to article
I. Alexander Waugh has trumpeted the Second Coming; has bespoken his morning coat, and seen the invitations tastefully engraved, a gilded boar on each. The Oxfordians are all a-flutter. Dr. Roger Stritmatter (author of the last… go to article
“By Shakespeare's time the possibilities for a politically critical drama had been transformed by the emergence of professional repertory companies which despite their residual status as royal servants derived their economic strength from… go to article
In the race to complete a list of 100 reasons why Oxford did or did not write Shakespeare's plays, Hank Whittemore's site has taken a strong lead in the final straight and now looks certain to beat us to the magic figure. We are becalmed… go to article
Dating William STRACHEY’S ‘A TRUE REPORTORY OF THE WRACKE AND REDEMPTION OF SIR THOMAS GATES’: A comparative textual study In their article published in the September 2007, Review of English Studies, Roger Stritmatter and… go to article
A famous modern poet used to sacrifice every year a Statius to Virgil’s manes; and I have indignation enough to burn a D’Ambois annually to the memory of Jonson.John Dryden's poor opinion of Chapman's most famous plays is not widely shared… go to article
Alexander Waugh has trumpeted a great Oxfordian discovery. In The Spectator (2 November 2013), he wrote: “Researching a new book on Shakespeare’s sonnets, I stumbled upon an astonishing piece of hitherto unnoticed evidence… go to article
A pontification too far The Spectator. Alexander Waugh's Diary. November 2, 2013 Alexander Waugh's Diary is a sparse but rather good echo of Auberon Waugh's brilliant diary in Private Eye. With more than one entry a year and a bit more… go to article
“We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.” The Book of Common Prayer In the spring of 1579, Gilbert Talbot wrote his father, the Earl of Shrewsbury: “It is but vain to trouble your Lordship with such shows as… go to article
Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock. "Now they are all on their knees," An elder said as we sat in a flock By the embers in hearthside ease. We pictured the meek mild creatures where … go to article
There's not very much demand for this device, it has to be admitted. In fact I can't see it making its reserve on ebay. The range of poetry on which it operates successfully just isn't big enough to make it useful. It's perfect for the… go to article
Revving it up Reverend William Covell’s Wikipedia entry states that he “took part in the controversy about how far the newly-reformed Church of England should abandon the liturgy and hierarchy of the past, to which debate… go to article
Isola Vulcano was, until recently, the Oxfordian’s location of choice for Prospero’s Island. Not much can really be concluded from isolating the actual location but Oxfordians think it’s important to tie locations to the Earl’s Italian… go to article
Click bottom right to advance the slides. This was a Lovely day in late September. All argument aside, this is the way to arrive in Venice. Not over the Bridge and into the terrible car parks. There's ample parking here and regular… go to article
The Painful Predicament of Pericles (for Oxfordians) Pericles is often seen as the runt of Shakespeare's litter. Although apparently popular with contemporary audiences, for reasons unknown it was not deemed worthy of a reprint in the… go to article
One of the features of a number of martial arts is that they rely, not on ones own strength but on turning one's opponents strength against them. Similarly, it is always a pleasure when one can turn anti-Stratfordian arguments against… go to article
A Factual Desert. Biographical and autobiographical readings of Shakespeare’s sonnets feature on both sides of the authorship debate. In order to give meaning beyond a literal reading, a narrative is sought. Since the… go to article
While flicking through my pictures of the Mid-West, I came across the bright colours you see here on a very dull day. In Mitchell, South Dakota, there is a palace built of corn cobs. A large temple with ornate freizes done in coloured… go to article