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It is perhaps the greatest story never told: the truth behind the most-enduring works of literature in the English language, perhaps in any language. Who was the man behind Hamlet? What passion inspired the sonnets, whose words were so powerful that not marble, nor the gilded monuments Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme"? In Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom, critical ...more
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Published March 30th 2010 by Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
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Susan I did. First of all, the idea that the then most famous woman in the world, Elizabeth I, Queen of England, could have had four or five illegitimate…moreI did. First of all, the idea that the then most famous woman in the world, Elizabeth I, Queen of England, could have had four or five illegitimate children and no one commented on her or them is ridiculous.

Second, the idea that she had sex with her own son to produce her grandson is more ridiculous.

Third, that Charles Beauclerk is conveniently the descendant of all of those couplings is absolutely absurd.(less)
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Heavens to Betsy. The Earl of Oxford was not only the author of Shakespeare's plays but also the secret son of Elizabeth I, AND was a product of Elizabeth's incestuous relationship with her uncle?! AND THEN the Earl ALSO had a relationship with his mother who gave birth to Henry Wriothesley--Shakespeare's "fair youth" ?? Can the ICK factor get any stinkier?...oddly enough, i'm finding it more and more difficult to believe that the humble glovemaker was "the author...."
I just started this and I love it already! Fie on the spurious gloveseller theory!....I do like it a lot but it's dense and I'm giving it a rest for a bit. It's the kind of book that needs to be absorbed.
It's all too much for a weekend read! I'm suffering from overload!

I have long wondered why the man whose very name is sometimes synonymous with "Elizabethan Drama" hardly ever appears in bios of Elizabeth (except for prior to the Essex Rebellion). I had read Beauclerk's wonderful bio of his forbearer: Nell Gwyn: Mistress to a King and looked forward to a similarly fun and delightful read on Shakespearean theater. I thought I'd learn, for instance, which of these plays were actually staged for EI
I first heard of the Anti-Avonian arguments when I was in college. My immediate thought then was this sort of theory does not give credit to the individual. Half a century later, watching a documentary about Greenwich Village, I realized that Woody Allen and Richard Pryor and Bob Dylan either did not go to college or never finished college and they, like Shakespeare, are admired as writers and entertainers.

Why not a glover's son from a rural town?

First, I do not think Beauclerk's book is partic
Jake Maguire
I must confess I was a little apprehensive at first about throwing my hat into the ring with the "Oxfordians" - but I can honestly say that after reading this book, and watching a number of the Shakespeare plays, and reading six other biographies about Shakespeare, I feel comfortable saying the Earl of Oxford was the "Bard". Read this book and everything else out there for that matter and judge for yourself.
Karen Lubell
Who are you, Charles Beauclerk? Beautifully done, and convincing. Moving on in a hurry to read the most recent.
A compelling read for anyone interested in the Shakespeare authorship question. Beauclerk's assertions are generally well-supported, although he does sometimes too readily accept the "We don't know who wrote this, but if Oxford did, it would support my hypothesis" argument. However, for the sheer outrageousness of his claims, this book is recommended. I won't give it away here, but it changed my reading of every mother-son relationship in the canon. A tad long-winded, but quite interesting.
I wish I had the strength to get all the way through the book. I didn't find it an easy read and I skipped a couple of chapters, but the author did convince me that De Vere was Shakespeare. If you're interested in Elizabethean history, this book is worth the read. I had to rate it down for being somewhat difficult to work through in spite of a really interesting subject matter and some good history research.
I had no intentions of starting this book now, but after browsing through the dustjacket and the first few pages I could not put it down. A historical eye-opener.

Not being a Shakespeare scholar, I have to admit being over my head at times. This book presents an indepth look at the works attributed to William Shakespeare and the history of the times. Very interesting and I will probably read it again.
Interesting premise, but support was drawn from interpretation of Shakespeare's plays, which often seemed a bit far fetched.
Peter  Fokes
Brilliant (Even though we will never know for sure if Edward de Vere was the son of Elizabeth and Seymour).
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