The authorative work on Oxford and his contemporaries at the court of Elizabeth is The Elizabethan Courtier Poets by Professor Steven May, one of the very few people qualified to call himself an expert in the field. His verdict underlines… 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.
What never? Hardly Ever? On such a full sea are we now afloat; And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures Shakespeare's seamanship provides a classic example of Oxfordians both having their cake and… go to article
Nobody Claimed Oxford Wrote The Canon (until about the 20th century at least). This is probably the single most important piece of evidence against the Oxfordian view. Oxfordians attack the orthodox view of Shakespeare of Stratford… go to article
Some Oxfordian enthusiasts, after discovering that he wrote Shakespeare's work, are not content to leave it at that. Tying Oxford to Shakespeare using Oxford's own, undisputed work is an impossible task. Crediting him with other work by… go to article
Robert Greene was one of the first professional writers in England. A grammar school boy, of course, (no enrolment records, of course), six years Shakespeare's senior but with many more years professional experience. His ambition was to be… go to article
There would have to be a reason, and a good one, for not putting your name on the world's finest body of artistic work. And there isn't. Those who believe Marlowe wrote the plays have a much easier task here. They argue that Marlowe simply… go to article
For people to do things, in the real world, they have to be alive to do them. That may seem like too simple a platitude for a complex argument but Oxfordians can't be counselled out of their grief for a few inconvenient deaths. Some of… go to article
This short article was written in 2013, one of our first. A response to Roger Stritmatter's idea that the marks in the Folger Library's Geneva Bible were made by the canon author, this turned out to be our most commented article that year… go to article
Shakespeare wrote not only for the theatre, but for different theatres. In 1609, the King's Men began playing at the Blackfriars—indoors and upscale—in the winter months, and Shakespeare's latest plays are written for that space. There is… go to article
No-one said he wrote plays. De Vere, in his long and colourful life, made many enemies and was involved in numerous lawsuits. Yet neither any of his friends, nor any of his enemies made any mention of his authorship of any of the plays.… go to article
Despite the oft-quoted extracts from Francis Meres and George Puttenham, no one has ever actually claimed that Oxford was a playwright outside the heated confines of the authorship debate. Francis Meres made one mention of Oxford in… go to article
Although there are a few hundred lines of verse indisputably attributable to De Vere, none are in the characteristic Shakespearean blank verse or indeed, if one is being exact, any of the metrical forms used regularly by Shakespeare. There… go to article
In 1603 Oxford, having dissipated his own large fortune, was unable to live on the money he had from two marriages into wealthy families and the pensions he had from the state. He was driven to writing begging letters to his acquaintance… go to article
Oxfordians make much of the fact that there are no letters written by Shakespeare as if the fact that the 70 letters of Oxford's which survive give him precedence, Yet in 70 letters, there is not a single mention of poetry, plays, players… go to article
It is highly unlikely that whoever wrote The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona had spent any time in Venice, a city with a number of unique features. It’s pretty clear that Shakespeare doesn't realise that one of Venice’s… go to article
Oxford's spelling was idiosyncratic, even for an Elizabethan. He almost always wrote "lek" for like, in all its forms: "misleke," "leklywhodes," and "lekwise," among many others. Another quirk of his is "wowld" for would. Alan Nelson… go to article
Oxford's spoken and written English, rather than similar, was very different from Shakespeare's. Oxford rhymes “was” with “case” and “face” with “glass”. Shakespeare rhymed 'face' with 'place'. Oxford rhymes “shows” with “lose”.… go to article
Another key assumption found in all Oxfordian argument is that the plays contain detailed knowledge of the law, which could only have been gained by study and practice. Once again, however, the evidence weighs equally against both… go to article
Oxfordians make much of the fact that there are no surviving letters written by Shakespeare as if the fact that the 70 letters of Oxford's which survive give him precedence, Yet in 70 letters, there is not a single mention of poetry, plays… go to article
Oxfordians are wont to insist that the plays show evidence of a first rate university education. They were even once inclined to argue that the plays were written in 'the idiom of Cambridge University'. When someone (a Cambridge graduate,… go to article