Who Was The Bard


There is some controversy about who wrote the plays attributed to William Shakespeare. Two names that come up often with skeptics are Edward de Vere and Francis Bacon. During the mid 19th century, Bacon was the most popular candidate. Now it is Edward de Vere. Was William Shakespeare the author of those masterpieces of the English language? It is impossible for Shakespeare to be the author, with his low background and little education. The two best candidates for authorship are Edward de Vere and Francis Bacon. There are verbal and content parallels between the writings and Oxford's life and poetry. Certain text in the plays and sonnets can be deciphered into messages that point to ...

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examples in his book, Shakespeare Revealed in Oxford's Poetry. The plays also reflect Oxford's background and events in his life. The plays include political intrigue, and Oxford served in an Elizabethan court. And Hamlet is a reflection of events related to Oxford's life. His predecessor as candidate for authorship is Francis Bacon. In Penn Leary's book, Are There Ciphers in Shakespeare? He shows that text in plays or poems arranged to attract attention can be ciphered into many different spellings that are phonically pronounced "Bacon". Bacon was a cryptographer, and his brother a cryptanalyst(Leary, Ciphers). Besides, if the publication of the plays and poems are dated, there is a coincidence, Edward de Vere dies the same year Shakespeare is said to have retired from writing. And only Francis Bacon was still alive when the First Folio, containing twenty new plays was published. Of the three people mentioned earlier, only Shakespeare was from the common class. And ...

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he was taken out of school because of financial problems in the family. If this is so, he could not have been so affluent in English, Latin and some Spanish and Italian. Shakespeare called Venus and Adonis "the first heir of his invention(Twain, Chpt 4)." This means that he must have wrote it before 1586 when he wrote his first great plays. Where did he find time to write, between butchering and supposed poaching of deer during the "lost years"? Also keep in mind, much of his life is unknown, and many "facts" about it are inferred or supposed. It seems absurd that so little could be known about one of the greatest writers in history. Maybe William Shakespeare is not the true ...

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