To Thine Own Self Be True


My signatures in Italian and Latin, written when I was in Venice, June 1575. Details here.

Edward de Vere

Born 12 April 1550 – died 24 June 1604
(I go with the conventional dates. Saves a lot of explaining, and raised eyebrows.)

• 17th Earl of Oxford
• Lord Great Chamberlain of England
• Viscount Bolebec (Bolbec, Bulbeck)
• Baron Scales and Badlesmere
• Lord Sanford

I wrote all of it. Of course I did. Honestly, it’s so obvious. If you want my case bounded in a nutshell, or at least bounded in one webpage, you could do worse than to start by reading this.

Nutshells aside, I don’t want to fill this blog with a lot of deduction and disputation concerning my identity and literary legacy. There are many books and websites that do fine jobs with those things – a bit of googling will return enough results to keep you busy for months. (Just this one site will do it. Makes my head spin. Impressive work.) I’ll leave the academic arguing to the academics. They seem to enjoy it so much.

After four centuries, being dead is boring. I want to have some fun, and make you think about a few things. What you think is up to you. Challenge what you think you know. Don’t take anything as gospel just because it’s popular, or you learned it in school, or it has a huge budget, or some erudite fellow selling books wants you to think like he does. There’s a whole lot out there that you were not taught. Teach yourself.
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Question everything
Do your homework thoroughly
Make up your own mind


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VERO NIHIL VERIUS