Placing Edward De Vere in the Role of Shakespeare

July 16, 2021 by Essay Writer

Today I will be presenting to you the evidence placing Edward De Vere in the role of Shakespeare. Edward de Vere was the Earl of Oxford in the same era and country as Shakespeare. He was born in April 1550 and died in June 1604, making him alive for many of the Shakespeare years. Many aspects of Edward’s daily life can be found in Shakespeare plays, some of which I will present in the following evidence.

Firstly, his position as a royal courtier gives him a detailed knowledge of the upper classes. Many of Shakespeare’s works contain very specific details related to the upper classes, information that Shakespeare would have no access to or understanding to, as he grew up in a poor household. For example, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar as well as King Henry all contain information related to upper classes.

Secondly, Edward de Vere graduated law school at the age of 14. There are references to over 600 legal terms in all of Shakespeare’s writing. For example, the following quote found in the play Hamlet. Why may not that be the skull of a lawyer? Where be his quiddities now, his quillets, his cases, his tenures, and his tricks? why does he suffer this rude knave, now, to knock him about the sconce with a dirty shovel, and will not tell him of his action of battery? Humph!Hamlet: Act V Scene 2

Where would Shakespeare have obtained this knowledge if he never attended any form of law school or schooling at all for that matter! Thirdly, Edward de Vere engaged in many tennis tournaments throughout his years. He received his nickname due to two things. One was his ability in court and the other was the lion brandishing spear found on the back of his coat. His nickname you ask… Spear Shaker! If this isn’t enough to convince you, I will now present the theory of the infamous Shakespeare play Hamlet, being an autobiographical rendition of Edward De Vere’s life.

It has recently been discovered that Hamlet has countless relations to Edward’s life. Before I begin might I mention that for all we know, Shakespeare has never encountered the King of Oxford and there has been no proof that the two have ever spoken. Yet somehow, Hamlet contains significant details of De Vere’s life. The most astonishing detail I’ve found is the characters. Firstly, the play contains Queen Gertrude, the mother of Prince Hamlet and the Queen of Denmark. In the real scenario, Queen Elizabeth is the mother of Edward De Vere and the Queen of England. Secondly, Lord Chamberlain Polonius is the chief advisor to Queen Gertrude, however, William Cecil Burghley is the chief advisor to Queen Elizabeth. Next, Prince Hamlet is engaged to princess Ophelia, the daughter of Polonius. Edward De Vere was engaged to 15-year-old Anne Cecil daughter of Lord Burghley.

The resemblance in characters is just uncanny, however, the most mind-boggling fact of them all is the main event in the play. Ophelia’s elder brother, Laertes goes off to Paris placing his father (Lord Polonius) under great distress. In real life, Anne Cecil’s elder brother Thomas Cecil travels to Paris, also causing great distress to his father. The similarity doesn’t end there, Lord Polonius recites wise precepts to his son, Lord Burghley also writes letters to Thomas stuffed with these same precepts.

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