Hang Shakespeare by Robert Boog
The two most eminent Shakespeare scholars in all of England are Sir Stanley Wells and Dr. Rev Paul Edmondson. They claim that only one person wrote the works of William Shakespeare and he is the man from Stratford-upon-Avon. His name is William Shakespeare and no one should EVER doubt that he was the "true" author.
Shakespeare lived in a record-keeping society. His will survived and so did records of his marriage, lawsuits, his parent's history and the property he bought. There are two applications for his father's coat of arms. But for a man who wrote over ONE MILLION WORDS, there is nothing written in his own hand. No letters to his wife when his son died. No letter to his mother when his father died. No letters to friends. Nothing.
If he wrote to his wife or parents who signed with an x, they wouldn't be able to read it. So it is reasonable to conclude they may have been illiterate.
But Wells and Edmondson claim, "There is overwhelming evidence that most of the works collected as Shakespeare's were written by a man called William Shakespeare, who was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, moved to London to make his fortunes as an actor, and became a celebrated playwright."
The truth is, there is no conclusive proof that Shaksper of Stratford was a writer.
Edmondson and Wells will claim that "some people are snobs; they don't want to admit that a nobody (middle class) could be the world's best writer of all time. His identity is very clear to everyone but conspiracy theorists. There is lots of evidence that the actor, William Shakespeare from Stratford Upon Avon, wrote the plays attributed to him. There is not a shred of evidence that anyone else wrote the plays under a pen name."
However, not long ago, two Supreme Court justices Paul Stevens and Anthony Sirolo took up the case. Guess what? These judges did NOT agree with Wells and Edmondson. There was NOT an "abundance" of evidence, there was a LACK of evidence. These days, however, if you have a computer and an internet connection, you too can look at the evidence, and see for yourself. Was the man from Stratford the "real" author or not?
I do not claim to be a Shakespeare scholar but I did attend UCLA on a merit scholarship so I am not a complete dummy either. On January 27, 2020 after a family dinner, I decided to revisit the First Folio and see Ben Jonson's "To the Reader" sonnet. In just a few minutes' time, I saw the name "de Vere". Do you see it in the "To the Reader" poem below too?
This is the First Page of the Folio with an introductory sonnet by Ben Jonson. I like to solve Sudoku puzzles and sometimes I write songs. Now, I can't claim they're GOOD songs but you can check them out on YouTube or Spotify. Here is a better view of the poem.
Okay. See the line, "O, could he but have drawne his wit"? The word "drawne" drew my attention. I thought the Renaissance word "drawde" might have fit better. At least, that's what I had thought.
Then I realized, something. Wait, "drawde" is Edward spelled backward and I noticed something else: if you read the letters down from drawn, almost straight down. They spell another name: de Vere. Do you see it?
D-E-V-E-R-E, right? Sorry, guess I'm a little sloppy.
Stratfordians may argue "that's not fair! He's cheating!" Why? Because I'm using half of the letter "W" as the "V" in DeVere's name. But don't blame me for the inconsistent typesetting. Typesetters often used two "V"s to create one "W" and sometimes a "V" is used as a "U".
Next, if we look down from the top left, you can see the three capital letters spell out TWO. Just below that is a capital "H" and if you follow the capital letters upward to the right in a diagonal direction, you will see they form the word "Hang" followed by the word Shakespeare. "Hang Shakespeare" but not DeVere. Looke in his Booke. Why?
Could it be that Ben Jonson, who personally knew both men, has left us a secret message? After all, back in those days, thiefs were hung!
Ben Jonson, the author of the Folio's title poem personally knew both men. According to my know-it-all friend, Mr. Google, Stratford died in 1616 and the First Folio came out in 1623. So, if Stratford is already dead, why is Jonson imploring us to "hang" him? It's a true life mystery!
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So, if you are at all interested in reading the rest of this 120-page e-book, please CLICK HERE. I am not a fan of snobbery but there are certain facts that point to one man over another. Here on this website is where you can download a .pdf version of the book. You can also find it here on Amazon both as a paperback and for a Kindle reader.
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