ANSWERING KATRIN ON WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE EARL OF OXFORD

Katrin commented on WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, PRINCE CHARLES AND EDWARD DEVERE

Contrary to one of the uncorroborated statements expressed in this article, the establishment theory does NOT provide so much more evidence than others. The reason that the authorship debate exists is precisely that hardly any evidence exists at all. Where is the evidence for Mister Shakspere’s (spelling of the Stratford man) superb education? The writer of the plays had ample knowledge of court proceedings, geography, the legal system, Italy, languages, the classics. Where did the glove-maker’s son obtain his education and his insights? A vivid imagination is not enough! Not for Shakespeare and not for any other writer, playwright or poet alive today or yesterday.

Always great to have a voice added to William Ray’s but the so-called ‘establishment’ theory DOES provide much more evidence than others, although the details and records are indeed sparse, on the edge of recorded and administrative records, as we have said elsewhere. It is the record on the Stratford Shakespeares, William’s birth, the poems and plays, historical research into the Globe, comments by contemporaries and near contemporaries, and biographical suggestions from the plays too, that make the picture of William Shakespeare from Stratford so much more real and convinving than other ‘theories’, which have to remove all that too to support their own snippets of ‘evidence’. As for and ‘superb’ educational standards, not an adjective we are aware of using, that is a slightly different argument about what Shakespeare was being taught in a local grammar school, and at home, or where he ‘travelled’ in his mind and experience, perhaps for real, perhaps in imagination, perhaps as a tutor, and indeed how deep his mastery of Latin or Greek went. As many writers have suggested, for such a mind and such a genius, it did not demand years of ‘scholarship’, indeed Shakespeare is often opposed to the road of the scholar.

PA PRESS

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