To Thine Own Self Be True

My signatures in Italian and Latin, which I doodled while 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 (until my son was born in 1593)
• 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 fourteen pages, start with this summation written in 1991 by Tom Bethell, online at The Atlantic or PDF. Nina Green has written my life in a manageable 45 pages [PDF], for those who don’t want to read a book. For those who do, I’ve listed a few published biographies here.

Of course you should read what I’ve written on this site. And read the work. SHAKE-SPEARE. It’s all in there.

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

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. Common sense will take you a long way. Don’t believe anything is gospel because it’s popular, or you learned it in school, or it has a huge budget funded by tourism, or an erudite fellow selling his books wants you to think like he does and buy them.

There’s a whole lot out there that you were not taught. Teach yourself.
Question everything
Do your homework thoroughly
Make up your own mind