William Shakespeare had nothing to do with the actor and moneylender William Shaksper from Stratford-upon-Avon. The man behind the nom de plume "William Shakespeare" was, in fact, a very well-educated aristocrat who often frequented the court of Elizabeth and whose real name was Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. The dramas of Shakespeare were not written for the Globe Theatre but for the Queen's court. The dramatist Ben Jonson published the Shakespearian works and saw to it that a monument, with a bust of the "marionette dramatist” William Shaksper was erected in the church of Stratford-upon-Avon.
These astonishing theories are not the theme of a fictional work. They are based on a diligently researched academic biography of the author, albeit a biography that could have provided stories for a dozen novels.
What made the experience of listening to Anonymous Shake-Speare the most enjoyable?
This account focuses on the texts. Bravo.
What did you like best about this story?
The evidence comes Convincingly like a good legal argument.
What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?
Even and solid.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
We have been lied to.
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