To Thine Own Self Be True

My signatures in Italian and Latin, which I doodled 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 fourteen pages, start with this well-written summation by Tom Bethell [PDF]. Read what I’ve written on this blog, of course. And read the work. 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 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.
Question everything
Do your homework thoroughly
Make up your own mind