The de Vere Society

 

 

 

Vero Nihil Verius
Nothing Truer Than Truth

 

 

IS THERE A "SHAKESPEARE PROBLEM"?

Although scholars have claimed for nearly 400 years that William Shakspere of Stratford-on-Avon wrote the plays attributed to him, there is no solid evidence to support this claim.  

Nor is there any evidence that he had the education, or led the kind of life, which would have equipped him to write them.  

Nor did his family appear to know that he had written them.

There is actually no solid evidence indicating any individual as the author.

 

DOES IT MATTER?

In one sense No.  We have the plays, and knowing for certain who wrote them would not not alter their intrinsic worth, but it would alter our enjoyment of them.  Authors do reveal themselves, their thoughts, aspirations and experiences in their works - all except Shakespeare.  

 

"Perhaps we should despair for ever of bridging the vertiginous expanse between the sublimity of the subject [Shakespeare's life and works] and the mundane inconsequence of the documentary record."  

[Samuel Schoenbaum, late Professor of Renaissance Literature, University of Maryland USA].  

Or perhaps we should look at someone else.

 

But surely it does matter.  Are we prepared to say, of the greatest writer in the English language, that we not only don't know who he was, but that we also don't care?

 

So - WHO WAS "WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE" THE PLAYWRIGHT?   

Was it the man from Stratford, or somebody else, and if so, who?

 

THE DE VERE SOCIETY in England, and the SHAKESPEARE OXFORD SOCIETY in the United States, work to promote the study of the life and works of William Shakespeare, and our goal is to research and present objective evidence that: 

 

EDWARD DE VERE, 17th EARL OF  OXFORD WAS THE AUTHOR, 

USING THE PSEUDONYM  "WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE" 

 

For more on the Life of Edward de Vere click here.

For a full examination of The Authorship Case, click here.

 

To view the Society Library Catalogue click Library 

 

For EU membership information click EU Membership

 

For rest of the world  membership click USA and non-EU membership

 

For more information please contact Christopher Dams, Secretary of The De Vere Society in the UK at chdams@lineone.net

 

Also visit these Oxfordian websites:

www.shakespeare-oxford.com 

 

 

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