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Shakespeare’s Son on Death Row?

This article from the Summer 1998 Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter gives an introduction and brief overview of researcher Peter Dickson's startling, provocative theory about the true political-historical context surrounding the publication of the First Folio, namely that the publication occurred in the midst of a major --but now all but forgotten-- historic event: the Spanish Marriage Crisis. Dickson makes a strong case that the First Folio publication project must have been connected with --and influenced by-- this political crisis. Such a connection --if borne out over time-- could change forever all Shakespearean scholarship (Stratfordian and anti-Stratfordian) on this critical period in English history.

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“Publish We This Peace…”

Roger Stritmatter illustrates the explanatory power of Peter Dickson's theory about the political context of the First Folio publication with this telling look at why --possibly-- Cymbeline appears as the last play in the First Folio, a circumstance that has puzzled scholars for decades and for which no good answer has ever been provided.

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“Bestow how, and when you list…”

Roger Stritmatter reports on a discovery he first made in 1990 about a connection between the Jaggard firm and the de Vere family, but which --up to now-- has never been published. As with Dickson's First Folio-Marriage Crisis theory, this discovery may also provide a crucial link in finally getting at the true circumstances behind the First Folio publication.

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Henry Peacham on Oxford and Shakespeare

Is the scholar’s 1622 decision unimpeachable evidence for Oxford as Shakespeare? by Peter W. Dickson (© 1998) This article was first published in the Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter (Fall 1998). A note from the author to readers of this article. In ...

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Oxford’s Literary Reputation in the 17th and 18th Centuries

This brief article -- originally an appendix to "Henry Peacham on Oxford and Shakespeare" -- provides some rarely seen references to Edward de Vere as a poet and playwright, mostly from 18th century sources.

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The Queen’s Worm

The most frequently-asked question in the authorship debate is, "What difference does it [i.e. knowing who the true author is] make anyway?" A perfect example of the difference that knowing the truth can make is illustrated in this article by Richard Whalen -- adapted from his presentation at the 1998 Edward de Vere Studies Conference. Whalen takes a small scene from Antony and Cleopatra and brings it to new life with the simple observation that in French the word for worm is "ver."

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