People ask me if I hate Shakespeare. My answer: No. I am a BIG fan of the real author’s works.
So, where did I come up with the idea to “hang Shakespeare?” I didn’t. The words are found right here in the “To the Reader” sonnet. Do you see it? First find the capital “H” and then move up diagonally to the right and there is a capital “A” and so on. Now do you see it? My wife was surprised to learn that no one else has noticed this phrase for over 400 years. Why me? Why would I happen to notice it? Just as no one has ever noticed the name de Vere in the same poem staring me in the face with the word “theos” or “God”. Do you see them? Both these things have been sitting in plain sight for over 400 years.
But don’t feel bad. The Bible has been around much longer than Shakespeare and when I was about 7 years old ( I attended a Catholic school) I got in big trouble for making a simple observation – one that has been hiding in plain sight for over 2,000 years in the Bible. Ready for it?
Like I said, I attended a Catholic school and was taking a religion class. One day I thought of something that did not make sense, so I asked my teacher, Sister Elizabeth this question: “Sister, Elizabeth, why did God create man two times?”
She said, “Twice? He didn’t. I don’t understand what you are saying.”
I answered, “Well, in the first book of Moses, it says that God created man on the sixth day and then God rested on the seventh day, correct?”
She said, “Yes.”
So I replied, “Then in Book two of the Bible, God created Adam and Eve again. So, why did God create man two times?”
Next, there was a long silence. All the kids in my class wanted to hear the answer to my dumb question. What did my teacher say? “Robert, I have no time for such nonsense. I want you to get up from your desk and go and see Mother Superior this minute.”
Okay, here is another thing about me: I won a Shakespeare sonnet-writing-contest when I was a freshman in college. This was not an easy thing to do. At least not for me. Of course, you are probably a much better poet than me.
Finally, I have worked as a notary public for over 30 years. I have watched many people execute documents with a signature. I have watched several illiterate and semi-illiterate people sign and if you just view the six known signatures of William Shakespeare, you can see that he does not seem very confident or comfortable with a quill pen in his hand. Yet, we are supposed to believe that this same man wrote over one million words! (36+ plays, 154 sonnets and at least 3 long poems.)
Below are the SIX known signatures of William Shakespeare. The bottom one is the best and it was made in 1604 when he was a healthy 40-year-old, and had already written 18 plays and many sonnets. If you believe that he was the “real author” keep in mind that Shakespeare never wrote a single letter home to his friends, his children or his wife – even though they lived over 90 miles away or back in those days a 3-day journey.
By backing paper, I mean that if someone who has written 154 sonnets is asked to write anything, you would think their writing would be legible. Or that they would ask for a piece of lined paper to be placed underneath so that their writing comes out nice and even. Check out this signature, from the man I suspect to be the “true” author: it may not be perfect but it is straight and legible.
The six known signatures of William Shakespeare are NOT the “smoking gun” to why William Shakespeare is NOT the “real” author of the Shakespeare canon, but do you see why people have their doubts? For more fascinating stuff, check out my book, “hang Shakespeare”. The audio book is coming out soon.