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Shakespeare and Oxford: 25 Curious Connections:  Shakespeare and Oxford: 25 Curious Connections Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford William Shakespeare, the Writer Shakespeare and Oxford 25 Curious Connections VERSION 5.0 The Crime and the Suspects:  The Crime and the Suspects The Crime The First Step:  The First Step 1. What do Stratfordian Scholars say about the writer Shakespeare? The Second Step:  The Second Step 2. How does William of Stratford connect to these people and things? The Third Step:  The Third Step 3. What connections exist between Oxford and these people and things? Characters in Hamlet:  Characters in Hamlet Topical Characters:  Topical Characters (1937) Stratfordian John Dover Wilson in The Essential Shakespeare: “Elizabethan drama was a social institution which performed many functions…. Among other things it was, like the modern newspaper, at once the focus and the purveyor of the London gossip of the day. In a word it was topical.” (11) Slide8:  (1984) Annabel Patterson in Censorship and Interpretation: The Conditions of Writing and Reading in Early Modern England: "…poetry, or literature, has had from antiquity a unique role to play in mediating to the magistrates the thoughts of the governed, and that it exists, or ought to, in a privileged position of compromise." (13) "In the plays of Ben Jonson and Philip Massinger, in Shakespeare's King Lear, in a court masque by Thomas Carew, in the sermons of John Donne, there is evidence, if we look carefully, of a highly sophisticated system of oblique communication, of unwritten rules whereby writers could communicate with readers or audiences (among whom were the very same authorities who were responsible for state censorship) without producing a direct confrontation.… One of the least oblique critics of Jacobean policy, the pamphleteer Thomas Scott, remarked in the significantly entitled Vox Regis that "sometimes Kings are content in Playes and Maskes to be admonished of divers things." (45) Topical Characters Slide9:  (1988) Leah S. Marcus in Puzzling Shakespeare: Local Readings and Its Discontents. "Given the feckless, highly ingenious, almost ungovernable gusto with which contemporaries found parallels between stage action and contemporary events, there are few things that plays could be relied upon not to mean. In early Tudor times, plays were openly used both for official propaganda and for political agitation….During the 1560s Elizabeth herself regularly interpreted comedies presented at court as offering advice about the succession: she was to follow the "woman's part," a part she professed to dislike, and marry as the heroine inevitably did at the end. Given her ability to find ‘Abstracts of the time’ even in seemingly neutral materials. No comedy performed before her was safe from topical interpretation. Negative examples are the most prominent in the surviving records if only because censorship caused them to receive special scrutiny. So, in 1601, a sudden rash of performances of Shakespeare's Richard II was taken by Elizabeth and her chief ministers (and not without reason) as propaganda for the Essex rebellion." (27) Topical Characters Connection One:  Connection One William Cecil, Lord Burghley, as Polonius (1869) Stratfordian George Russell French in Shakspeareana Genealogica: “The next important personages in the play are the ‘Lord Chamberlain,’ POLONIUS; his son, LAERTES; and daughter, OPHELIA; and these are supposed to stand for Queen Elizabeth's celebrated Lord High Treasurer, Sir WILLIAM CECIL, Lord Burleigh; his second son, ROBERT CECIL; and his daughter, ANNE CECIL.” (301) Slide11:  William Cecil, Lord Burghley, as Polonius (1920) Stratfordian Lilian Winstanley in Hamlet and the Scottish Succession: “Polonius, throughout the play, stands isolated as the one person who does really enjoy the royal confidence; he is an old man, and no other councillor of equal rank anywhere appears. This corresponds almost precisely with the position held by Burleigh….Burleigh’s eldest son – Thomas Cecil – was a youth of very wayward life; his licentiousness and irregularity occasioned his father great distress and, during his residence in Paris, his father wrote letters to him full of wise maxims for his guidance; he also instructed friends to watch over him, and bring him reports of his son’s behaviour. So Polonius has a son – Laertes – whom he suspects of irregular life; Polonius provides that his son, when he goes to Paris, shall be carefully watched, and that reports on his behaviour shall be prepared by Reynaldo.” (114-116) Connection One Slide12:  Connection One William Cecil, Lord Burghley, as Polonius (1930) Stratfordian E. K. Chambers in William Shakespeare: It has often been thought that Polonius may glance at Lord Burghley, who wrote Certain Preceptes, or Directions for the use of his son Robert Cecil. These were printed (1618) 'from a more perfect copie, than ordinarily those pocket manuscripts goe warranted by'. Conceivably Shakespeare knew a pocket manuscript, but Laertes is less like Robert Cecil than Burghley's elder son Thomas. (Vol. I, 418) Slide13:  Connection One William Cecil, Lord Burghley, as Polonius (1937) Stratfordian J. Dover Wilson in The Essential Shakespeare: “It is certain then that Shakespeare did not deliberately avoid topical allusion, as those who worship the Olympian claim. And if so, may we not suspect allusion and reference in many passages where it has hitherto not been detected? We not only may but should; for once again, the essential Shakespeare will be altogether misconceived if we think of him as one who stood apart from the life of his time.” (12) “Polonius is almost without doubt intended as a caricature of Burleigh….” (104)   Slide14:  Connection One William Cecil, Lord Burghley, as Polonius (1955) Stratfordian Conyers Read in Mr. Secretary Cecil and Queen Elizabeth: “’If you offend in forgetting God by leaving your ordinary prayers or such like, if you offend in any surfeiting of eating or drinking too much, if you offend in other ways, by attending and minding any lewd or filthy tales or enticements of lightness or wantonness of body, you must at evening bring both your thoughts and deeds as you put off your garments to lay down, and cast away those and all such like that by the devil are devised to overwhelm your soul.…’ “This is the sort of sermon which William Cecil liked to preach to young men. He preached many such in the course of his life. They reveal the strong Puritan strain in him. In this particular case we get some inkling of those weaknesses in young Thomas about which his father was most concerned. Obviously William Cecil had a very inadequate understanding of the psychology of adolescence. Even Polonius was never quite so tedious and pedantic as this.” (214) Slide15:  Connection One William Cecil, Lord Burghley, as Polonius (1958) Stratfordian Joel Hurstfield in The Queen’s Wards, on Burghley’s wordiness: “It is the authentic voice of Polonius.” (1964) Joel Hurstfield in Shakespeare's World (written with James Sutherland): "The governing classes were both paternalistic and patronizing; and nowhere is this attitude better displayed than in the advice which that archetype of elder statesmen William Cecil, Lord Burghley – Shakespeare's Polonius – prepared for his son." (35) Slide16:  Connection One William Cecil, Lord Burghley, as Polonius (1963) Stratfordian A.L. Rowse in William Shakespeare: A Biography: “Nor do I think we need hesitate to see reflections of old Lord Burghley in old Polonius – not only in the fact that their positions were the same in the state, the leading minister in close proximity to the sovereign, in ancient smug security.… there are certain specific references reflecting Burghley’s known characteristics.” (1966) The Reader’s Encyclopedia of Shakespeare: “…many scholars have argued that that Burghley is being satirized as Polonius in Hamlet.... Polonius’ famous advice to Laertes (I, iii, 58-80) is strikingly similar to Burghley’s precepts in this treatise. Hamlet’s reference to Polonius as a ‘fishmonger’ may also be an allusion to Burghley’s attempt as treasurer to stimulate the fish trade.” (90) Slide17:  Connection One Shakespeare the writer Connection Two:  Connection Two Anne Cecil as Ophelia Slide19:  Connection Two Anne Cecil as Ophelia (1869) Stratfordian George French in Shakspeareana Genealogica: “The next important personages in the play are the ‘Lord Chamberlain,’ POLONIUS; his son, LAERTES; and daughter, OPHELIA … his daughter, ANNE CECIL.” (301) “[M]arriage was proposed by their fathers to take place between Philip Sidney and Anne Cecil, the ‘fair Ophelia’ of the play.” (302) Slide20:  Connection Two Anne Cecil as Ophelia (1920) Stratfordian Lilian Winstanley in Hamlet and the Scottish Succession: “Intercepted letters and the employment of spies were, then, a quite conspicuous and notorious part of Cecil’s statecraft, and they are certainly made especially characteristic of Shakespeare’s Polonius. Polonius intercepts the letters from Hamlet to his daughter; he appropriates Hamlet’s most intimate correspondence, carries it to the king, and discusses it without a moment’s shame or hesitation: he and the king play the eaves­dropper during Hamlet’s interview with Ophelia: he himself spies upon Hamlet’s interview with his mother. It is impossible not to see that these things are made both futile and hateful in Polonius, and they were precisely the things that were detested in Cecil….” (122) Slide21:  Connection Two Anne Cecil as Ophelia “Cecil, in fact, was always particularly careful not to let Elizabeth or anyone else think that ambition for his daughter could tempt him into unwise political plans. In exactly the same way we find Polonius guarding himself against any suspicion that he may have encouraged Hamlet’s advances to Ophelia. The king asks [Act II., ii.]: ‘How hath she received his love?’ and Polonius enquires, ‘What do you think of me? ‘The king replies: ‘As of a man faithful and honourable’; Polonius proceeds to explain that, such being the case, he could not possibly have encouraged the love between Hamlet and his daughter….” (124) Connections One and Two:  Connections One and Two William Cecil, Lord Burghley as Polonius Anne Cecil as Ophelia Shakespeare the writer Slide23:  Connections One and Two William Cecil, Lord Burghley as Polonius Anne Cecil as Ophelia ? Slide24:  Connections One and Two William Cecil, Lord Burghley as Polonius Slide25:  Connection One Connection to Oxford: The Earl of Oxford grew up in Lord Burghley’s household as a ward of the Crown. Oxford and Burghley were at odds until Burghley’s death. In Lord Burghley and Queen Elizabeth Conyers Read states: “Oxford… entered Burghley’s household as ward in 1562.” And those seeing Hamlet in Court would recognize another connection: Lord Burghley’s Latin motto was Cor unum, via una, – “One heart, one way.” Stratfordian W. W. Greg states in The Editorial Problem in Shakespeare: “In this text [Q1 of Hamlet] for some obscure reason the names Corambis and Montano were substituted for Polonius and Reynaldo.” The reason for Corambis, however, is not obscure. Corambis, the original name for Polonius, alludes to the Latin “Cor Ambo” for “double-hearted” or “of two hearts,” a clear shot at Cecil’s motto. Slide26:  Connection Two Connection to Oxford: Anne and Oxford grew up together in Burghley’s household and were later unhappily married. The primary source for the Hamlet story is Saxo Grammaticus’s Historiae Danicae. The text, referring to the couple later represented as Hamlet and Ophelia, states: “For both of them had been under the same fostering in their childhood; and this early rearing in common had brought Amleth and the girl into great intimacy.” This mirrors Anne and Oxford. Both were raised together in their youth. Stratfordian Conyers Read in Lord Burghley and Queen Elizabeth: “Oxford…entered Burghley’s household as a ward in 1562, at the age of twelve.” (125) Slide27:  Connection Two Lilian Winstanley says, “[There] is a further curious parallel in the fact that when Cecil’s daughter married De Vere, Earl of Oxford – the husband turned sulky, separated himself from his wife, and declared that it was Cecil’s fault for influencing his wife against him.” She then quotes Hume’s The Great Lord Burghley: “Oxford declined to meet his wife or to hold any communication with her; Burghley reasoned, remonstrated, and besought in vain. Oxford was sulky and intractable. His wife, he said, had been influenced by her parents against him and he would have nothing more to do with her.” Finally, Winstanley draws the parallel, “So, also, in the drama we find Polonius interfering between his daughter and her lover, we find his machinations so successful that Hamlet turns sulky, and is alienated from Ophelia for good.” (122-124) Slide28:  Connections One and Two Earl of Oxford as Hamlet Hamlet as Autobiography:  Hamlet as Autobiography (1911) Stratfordian Frank Harris in The Man Shakespeare and His Tragic Life-Story: “Even if it be admitted that Hamlet is the most complex and profound character of Shakespeare’s creations, and therefore probably the character in which Shakespeare revealed most of himself, the question of degree remains to be determined.” (7) (1950) Stratfordian Harold C. Goddard in The Meaning of Shakespeare: “To nearly everyone both Hamlet himself and the play give the impression of having some peculiarly intimate relation to their creator.” (332) Slide30:  (1962) Hugh Trevor-Roper, “What’s in a Name?” in Réalités (English-language edition): “Shakespeare wrote another play which, it is now widely agreed, is largely autobiographical: that most bewildering, most fascinating of all his plays, Hamlet. Hamlet, the over-sensitive man, whose chameleon sympathy with all around him, whose capacity to enter into all men’s doubts and fears, enabled him to mount a brilliant play but disabled him from imposing his personality on events or leaving any personal trace in history – this is Shakespeare himself.” (43) Hamlet as Autobiography Slide31:  Connection to Shakspere William of Stratford ? William had a son, Hamnet, named after his neighbor, Hamnet Sadler. Some Stratfordians see Hamlet as a memorial to that son.   Connection Three:  Connection Three The Earl of Oxford as Hamlet Connection to Oxford: There are many striking parallels between Oxford and Hamlet. The several connections already discussed demand that we acknowledge the parallels between Hamlet and Oxford: Both were noblemen and courtiers. Both had mothers who remarried after their father’s death. Both were spied upon by Polonius/Burghley. Both were patrons to players. Both were playwrights. Slide33:  Connection Three The Earl of Oxford as Hamlet Both had a lover (Ophelia/Anne) whose father was the immediate counselor to the throne. Both had a lover (Ophelia/Anne) accused of infidelity. Both had a lover (Ophelia/Anne) who dies untimely. Both had been thought somewhat mad by others in Court. Slide34:  Connection Three The Earl of Oxford as Hamlet If Polonius is Burghley, and there is compelling reason to think that people at that time would have easily recognized him as such, then the further parallels between Laertes and Ophelia and Burghley’s offspring cement the identification, and compel us to look at who would then be Hamlet. Despite attempts to identify Hamlet as Philip Sidney or Essex (neither mistreated Anne nor had intimate relations with her), Oxford is clearly the reasonable, indeed the natural, candidate. Once the number of parallels between Hamlet and Oxford are identified – some highly unusual – then the identification is compelling. Only those who have professional or private concerns with that identification have reason to argue against it. Idiosyncratic Topical Events:  Idiosyncratic Topical Events Connection Four:  Connection Four Bed Trick Episode In All’s Well That Ends Well Bertram arrives at Diana’s bed, not knowing that he is in reality sleeping with Helena. Connection to Oxford: G.K. Hunter, ed. of the Arden All’s Well That Ends Well : “Fripp [in Shakespeare Man and Artist (1938) II, 601] gives a reference to Osborne’s Memoires and here we seem to find a roughly contemporary attitude to the same trick in real life. Osborne writes of …the last great Earle of Oxford, whose Lady was bought to his bed under the notion of his Mistris, and from such a virtuous deceit she [sc. Pembroke’s wife] is said to proceed (1658 ed., p. 79) This is a close parallel from the court-life of Shakespeare’s time, and it shows only moral admiration for the trick.” (xliv) Slide37:  Connection Five Attacked by Pirates while Bound for England Hamlet Act IV, Scene vii, 14-18 Hor. (reads the letter) … Ere we were two days old at sea, a pirate of very warlike appointment gave us chase. Finding ourselves too slow of sail, we put on a compelled valour, and in the grapple I boarded them. Connection to Oxford: Conyers Read, Lord Burghley and Queen Elizabeth: “[Oxford] started home, apparently in a fine rage, which was not alleviated by the fact that his ship was intercepted by pirates and he was stripped to his shirt.” (133) Slide38:  Connection Six Gad’s Hill Episode Henry IV, Part 1, Act I, Scene 2, 120-138: Poins. But my lads, my lads, tomorrow morning, by four o’clock early at Gad’s Hill! There are pilgrims going to Canterbury with rich offerings, and traders riding to London with fat purses. I have vizards for you all; you have horses for yourselves; Gadshill lies tonight in Rochester; I have bespoke supper tomorrow night in Eastcheap: we may do it as secure as sleep. If you will go, I will stuff your purses full of crowns; if you will not, tarry At home and be hanged. Henry IV, Part 1, Act II, Scene 2, 51-53: Bardolph. Case ye, case ye, on with your vizards! There’s money of the king’s coming down the hill; ‘tis going to the king’s exchequer. Slide39:  Connection Six Gad’s Hill Episode Connection to Oxford: In 1573 Oxford’s men, when the Earl was a young man like Prince Hal, conducted a similar prank in the same location. Gad’s Hill is located in Kent on the highway between Rochester and Gravesend. Letter to Lord Burghley dated May 1573 by William Fawnt and John Wotton, former associates of Oxford: “…Wootton and my­self riding peaceably by the highway from Gravesend to Rochester, had three calivers charged with bullets, discharged at us by three of Lord Oxford’s men…who lay privily in a ditch awaiting our coming with full intent to murder us.…” From the details given in the letter there is little doubt that the Gad’s Hill episode in the drama is based directly upon the actual prank: the men were patently travelling on business connected with the Exchequer, hence their appeal to the Lord Treasurer Burghley. Slide40:  Connection to Shakspere William of Stratford ? Topical connections? Uh…. Shakespeare’s Library & Books:  Shakespeare’s Library & Books Connection Seven:  Connection Seven Shakespeare’s Library (1904) Stratfordian H.R.D. Anders in Shakespeare’s Books: “[W]e now may safely assert, that Shakespeare’s knowledge of the Latin language was considerable, and that he must have read some of the more important Latin authors.” (39)   (1933) E.K. Chambers in A Short Life of Shakespeare: “There has been…much enumeration of the books, ancient and modern, erudite and popular, which may, directly or indirectly, have contributed to his plays….One may reasonably assume that at all times Shakespeare read whatever books, original or translated, came in his way.” (21)   (1947) Stratfordian Sister Miriam Joseph in Shakespeare’s Use of the Arts of Language: “[He] utilized every resource of thought and language known to his time.” (4) Slide43:  Connection Seven Shakespeare’s Library (1962) Hugh Trevor-Roper, ‘What’s in a Name?’ in Réalités (English-language edition): “No scholar today would see Shakespeare as a mere ‘child of nature.’ On the contrary, we realize that he was highly educated, even erudite. It is true, he does not parade his learning. He wears no heavy carapace of classical or Biblical or philosophical scholarship, like Donne or Milton. But he is clearly familiar, in an easy and assured manner, with the wide learning of his time and had the general intellectual formation of a cultivated man of the Renaissance.” (42)   (1986) Stratfordian Aubrey Kail in The Medical Mind of Shakespeare: “Shakespeare’s plays bear witness to a profound knowledge of contemporary physiology and psychology, and he employed medical terms in a manner which would have been beyond the powers of an ordinary playwright or physician.” (14) Slide44:  Connection to Shakspere William of Stratford ? No known connection. No evidence exists that William had a library, nor did he leave books in his will as others have done, in an age where books were so valuable they were chained to desks. Stratfordians suggest that William borrowed printer’s copies of books from publisher Richard Field while living in London, but there is no suggestion that he had access to such books in Stratford. Shakespeare’s Library Slide45:  Connection Seven Shakespeare’s Library Connection to Oxford: Cecil House held one of the finest libraries in England, which Oxford took advantage of in his youth. Martin Hume in The Great Lord Burghley: “[Cecil] was an insatiable book buyer and collector of heraldic and genealogical manuscripts. Sir William Pickering in Paris, and Sir John Mason, had orders to buy for him all the attractive new books published in France; and Chamberlain in Brussels had a similar commission….[T]he Hatfield Papers contain very numerous memoranda of books and genealogies bought by Cecil.” (48) Conyers Read in Lord Burghley and Queen Elizabeth: “Without doubt Burghley took a great interest in the education of promising young Englishmen. His household indeed was currently regarded as the best training school for the gentry in England.” (124-5) Slide46:  Connection Seven Shakespeare’s Library A.L. Rowse in Eminent Elizabethans: “As a royal ward [Oxford] was taken into that school of virtue, Cecil House in the Strand…. Here, under the surveyance of the great man, Edward was placed under the direction of a succession of tutors; for the first couple of years his uncle Golding; then the remarkable scholar, Laurence Nowell; for a time, the no less scholarly Sir Thomas Smith. Young Oxford was sent only briefly to St. John’s College, Cambridge – Burghley’s own; but he emerged from this training well educated, with literary interests and of good promise, considering that along with his rank.” (77) If any library could be said to be worthy of Shakespeare, one can easily say that Cecil’s qualified. Connection Eight:  Connection Eight Geneva Bible (1904) H.R.D. Anders in Shakespeare’s Books: “The bible he [Shakespeare] would have been most likely to use himself. Was the Genevan Version….”   (1935) Richard Noble in Shakespeare’s Biblical Knowledge: “[O]n occasions Shakespeare used the Genevan, just as on others he use the Bishops; and on others again, a rendering found in the Prayer Book,…but the evidence is in favor of Shakepeare’s possession of a Genevan Old Testament.” (57) Slide48:  Connection to Shakspere William of Stratford ? No known connection. Geneva Bible Slide49:  Connection Eight Geneva Bible Connection to Oxford: The Earl of Oxford owned the Geneva Bible and annotated in a way that correlates with Shakespeare’s use of that edition. B.M. Ward in his biography The Seventeenth Earl of Oxford: ‘Payments made by John Hart, Chester Herald, on behalf of the Earl of Oxford from January 1st to September 30th, 1569/70 [...] To William Seres, stationer, for a Geneva Bible gilt, a Chaucer, Plutarch’s works in French, with other books and papers…’ (32-33) (Plutarch was also a prime source for several Shakespeare plays.) Oxford’s Geneva Bible is currently owned by The Shakespeare Folger Library and is the subject of a dissertation by Dr. Roger Stritmatter of the University of Massachusetts. Connection Nine:  Connection Nine Golding’s Metamorphoses (1598) Francis Meres in A Comparative Discourse of our English Poets with the Greeke, Latine, and Italian Poet, quoted in The Shakspere-Allusion Book, Vol. 1: “As the soule of Euphorbus was thought to live in Pythagoras: so the sweete wittie soule of Ovid lives in mellifluous and hony-tongued Shakespeare…” (46)   (1965) Stratfordian John Frederick Nims in his Introduction to Ovid’s Metamorphoses: The Arthur Golding Translation (1567): “L. P. Wilkinson, in the best book we have on Ovid, reminds us that Shakespeare echoes him about four times as often as he echoes Vergil, that he draws on every book of the Metamorphoses, and that there is scarcely a play untouched by his influence. Golding’s translation, through the many editions published during Shakespeare’s lifetime, was the standard Ovid in English. If Shakespeare read Ovid so, he read Golding.” (xx) Slide51:  Connection Nine Golding’s Metamorphoses (1993) Stratfordian Jonathan Bate in Shakespeare and Ovid: “If Shakespeare and his contemporaries owed their intimacy with Ovidian rhetoric to the grammar schools, their easy familiarity with Ovidian narrative was as much due to Golding.” (29) Slide52:  Connection to Shakspere William of Stratford ? No known connection. Orthodox scholars speculate that William read Golding at the Stratford Grammar School, but there is no record that William attended this school. Golding’s Metamorphoses Slide53:  Connection Nine Golding’s Metamorphoses Connection to Oxford: Arthur Golding was Oxford’s uncle, and they both lived in William Cecil’s household in the earlier years that Golding spent translating Ovid. Part of Oxford’s early education was an in-depth, 2-hour-per-day study of Latin. Stratfordian Louis Thorn Golding, a descendent of Arthur Golding, in An Elizabethan Puritan: The Life of Arthur Golding: “It has been assumed that he acted as tutor to his nephew Edward. No definite record has been found indicating such a connection which, however, would appear reasonable in view of the factor of relationship as well as the fitness of the one and the youth of the other. . . It is evident, however, that Arthur was in close contact with the lad and was interested in and observant of the progress and the development of his nephew’s brilliant mind. This is made clear in the dedication to him of his translation of Trogus Pompeius: ‘I have had experience thereof myself how earnest a desire your honor hath naturally grafted in you to read, peruse and communicate with others as well the histories of ancient times and things done long ago, also the present state of things in our days.” (29, 30) Slide54:  Connection Nine Golding’s Metamorphoses Young Edward was then 14 years old. Oxford’s astonishingly precocious intellect is further evidenced by the statement of his other tutor, Lawrence Nowell, Dean of Lichfield, to Lord Burghley the year before: “I clearly see that my work for the Earl of Oxford cannot be much longer required.” Connection Ten:  Connection Ten Castiglione’s The Courtier (1916) Shakespeare’s England: “There was a favourite Elizabethan story, which illustrates this practice; it is alluded to by the porter in Macbeth: Knock, knock, knock! Who’s there, I’ the name of Beelzebub? Here’s a farmer that hanged himself on the expectation of plenty: come in time. (II. Iii. 3-6) …It is told long before Shakespeare’s time by Castiglione in his book of the Courtier….” (I, 39)   (1928) W. B. Drayton Henderson in the Everyman edition of The Courtier: “[W]ithout Castiglione we should not have Hamlet…. But it is not only Shakespeare’s Hamlet that seems to follow Castiglione. Shakespeare himself does.” (xiv, xvi) Slide56:  Connection Ten Castiglione’s The Courtier (1958) Abbie Findlay Potts in Shakespeare and The Faerie Queen: “The Book of the Courtier, has again and again been cited to show that Shakespeare’s persons illustrate ideas of courtliness….” (84)   (1966) The Reader’s Encyclopedia of Shakespeare: “[Castiglione] exerted a strong influence on the courtly ideals of Elizabeth’s reign. The ‘merry war’ of Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing may be derived from a similar exchange of wit in The Courtier.” (99)   (1990) Stratfordian Charles Boyce in Shakespeare A to Z: “Il Libro del Cortegiano was translated into English by Sir Thomas Hoby, appearing in 1561 as The Courtyer. Shakespeare may have read Castiglione in Italian, however.” (98) Slide57:  Connection to Shakspere William of Stratford ? No known connection. Castiglione’s The Courtier Slide58:  Connection Ten Castiglione’s The Courtier Connection to Oxford: In 1572 Oxford wrote the Latin Preface to the Latin translation of The Courtier by Bartholomew Clerke, his tutor at Cambridge. From Ward’s translation of the Preface: “Edward Vere, Earl of Oxford, Lord Great Chamberlain of England, Viscount Bulbeck and Baron Scales and Badlesmere to the Reader – Greeting. A frequent and earnest consideration of the translation of Castiglione's Italian work, which has now for a long time been undertaken and finally carried out by my friend Clerke, has caused me to waver between two opinions: debating in my mind whether I should preface it by some writing and letter of my own, or whether I should do no more than study it with a mind full of gratitude. The first course seemed to demand greater skill and… Slide59:  Connection Ten Castiglione’s The Courtier …art than I can lay claim to, the second to be a work of no less good will and application. To do both, however, seemed to combine a task of delightful industry with an indication of special good-will. I have therefore undertaken the work, and I do so the more willingly, in order that I may lay a laurel wreath of my own on the translation in which I have studied this book, and also to ensure that neither my good-will (which is very great) should remain unexpressed, nor that my skill (which is small) should seem to fear to face the light and the eyes of men.” (80-1)   Gabriel Harvey’s comment to Oxford on this Preface from his 1578 Gratulationes Valdinenses: “Let that courtly epistle, more polished even than the writings of Castiglione himself, witness how greatly thou dost excel in letters.” (88)   Oxford was still in his 20’s. Connection Eleven:  Connection Eleven Cardan’s Comforte (1839) Stratfordian Francis Douce in Illustrations of Shakespeare regarding Hamlet’s ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy: “There is a good deal on the subject in Cardanus’s Comforte… a book which Shakespeare had certainly read.” (133)   (1845) Stratfordian Joseph Hunter in New Illustrations of Shakespeare: “[Cardin’s Comforte] seems to be the book which Shakespeare placed in the hands of Hamlet.” (II, 243)   (1930) Stratfordian Lily Campbell in Shakespeare’s Tragic Heroes: “It is easily seen that this book of Cardan has long been associated with Hamlet. I should like to believe that Hamlet was actually reading it or pretending to read it as he carried on his baiting of Polonius.” (n. 134) Slide61:  Connection Eleven Cardan’s Comforte (1934) Stratfordian Hardin Craig in his article “Hamlet’s Book” in the Huntington Library Bulletin, No. 6:   “[T]he correspondences between Hamlet and Cardan’s Comforte are really very close… many of them are marked by circumstances of particularity, which might be called arguments from sign, indicating that the Shakespearean passages in question did actually come by suggestion or borrowing from Cardan’s Comforte rather than from any of the numerous other writings from which they might have been derived.” (35) Slide62:  Connection to Shakspere William of Stratford ? No known connection. Cardan’s Comforte Slide63:  Connection Eleven Cardan’s Comforte Connection to Oxford: Thomas Bedingfield’s 1571 translation of Cardan’s Comforte was dedicated to Oxford. Bedingfield reveals that the translation was at Oxford’s bidding. Furthermore, the translation contains a letter to Bedingfield by Oxford that reveals he commanded its publication. After the letter is a poem to the Reader, written by Oxford, an almost unheard of act by a nobleman. From the dedication (modernized from the 1576 edition): “To the Right Honourable and my good Lord the Earl of Oxenforde, Lord great Chamberlaine of England. MY GOOD LORD, I can give nothing more agree­able to your mind, and my fortune then the willing performance of such service as it shall please you to command me unto: And therefore rather to obey then boast of my cunning, and as a new sign of mine old devotion, I do present the book your lordship so long desired…. Slide64:  Connection Eleven Cardan’s Comforte …Sure I am it would have better beseemed me to have taken this travail in some discourse of Arms (being your L. chief profession & mine also) then in Philosophers skill to have thus busied my self: yet since your pleasure was such, and your knowledge in either great, I do (as I will ever) most willingly obey you. And if any either through skill or curiosity do find fault with me, I trust not­withstanding for the respects aforesaid to be holden executed.” (Italics added.)   From Oxford’s letter to Bedingfield: “To my loving friend Thomas Bedingfield Esquire, one of her Majesties gentlemen Pentioners. After I had perused your letters good master Bedingfield, finding in them your request far differing from the desert of your labour, I could not chose but greatly doubt, whether it were better for me to yield you your desire, or execute mine own intention towards the publishing of your Book.” Law, Music, Power, & Italy:  Law, Music, Power, & Italy Connection Twelve:  Connection Twelve Knowledge of Law (1790) Stratfordian lawyer Edmond Malone in The Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare: “His knowledge of legal terms is not merely such as might be acquired by the casual observation of even his all-comprehending mind.” (qtd. by Greenwood 373) (1865) Richard Grant White in Memoirs of the Life of Shakespeare: "No dramatist of the time . . . used legal phrases with Shakespeare's readiness and exactness. . . legal phrases flow from his pen as part of his vocabulary, and parcel of his thought" (373).   (1883) Stratfordian Senator Cushman Davis in The Law in Shakespeare: “[W]here such knowledge is unexampled in writers unlearned in the law, Shakespeare appears in perfect possession of it.” (4) Slide67:  Connection Twelve Knowledge of Law (1911) Stratfordian lawyer Edward J. White in Commentaries on the Law in Shakespeare: “True, almost every play, as well as the sonnets, display great legal learning and accurate knowledge, not only of legal terms, but of the science and philosophy of the law, as well.” (7-8) (1959) Chief Justice John C. Wu in Fountain of Justice: “Shakespeare…know[s] his common law and natural law pretty well. He knows the psychological reason for case law.” (86) Slide68:  Connection Twelve Knowledge of Law (2000) J. Anthony Burton in The Shakespeare Newsletter: “[In Hamlet ] there is a consistent and coherent pattern of legal allusions to defeated expectations of inheritance, which applies to every major character. The allusions run the gamut from points of common knowledge by landowners or litigants, to technical subtleties only lawyers would appreciate, but their common theme is disinheritance and the way it can occur. It has already been suggested that the many legal allusions in the play indicate it was written with a legally sophisticated audience in mind. Who else, after all, but lawyers and law students would appreciate the Gravedigger’s parody of legal reasoning in a forty-year old decision written in the corrupted version of Norman-English known as Law French?” Slide69:  Connection to Shakspere William of Stratford ? No known connection. The record shows that William had some experience with lawsuits and property, but no record shows that William attended or was associated with Gray’s Inn, or engaged in legal activity as a lawyer. Knowledge of Law Slide70:  Connection Twelve Knowledge of Law Connection to Oxford: Oxford matriculated at Gray’s Inn, although there is no evidence of residency, and in his position as premier Earl, he sat as a judge on state trials, including both the Mary Queen of Scots trial and the Essex trial. Stratfordian Conyers Read in Lord Burghley and Queen Elizabeth. “In 1567, following Burghley’s pattern, [the Earl of Oxford] entered Gray’s Inn.” (126) Oxford was then 17 years old. Oxford’s position would require that he have a formidable legal education. At least one of Oxford’s tutors was an acknowledged scholar in Civil Law – Sir Thomas Smith, who tutored Oxford from the age of 4 to 12. Smith did not see law as a technical sideline, but rather an integrated part of one’s education. Oxford was raised in the most legal/political house in England. And Cecil was noted for encouraging the nobility to have a thorough education, for the good of the country. Connection Thirteen:  Connection Thirteen Knowledge of Music (1931) Stratfordian E. W. Naylor in Shakespeare and Music: “It is scarcely a matter of surprise, therefore, that the musical student should look in Shakespeare for music, and find it treated of from several points of view, completely and accurately.” (1)   (1963) Stratfordian F. W. Sternfeld in Music in Shakespearean Tragedy: “This book is the first to treat at full length the contribution which music makes to Shakespeare’s great tragedies…. Here the playwright’s practices are studied in conjunction with those of his contemporaries: Marlowe and Jonson, Marston and Chapman. From these comparative assessments there emerges the method that is peculiar to Shakespeare: the employment of song and instrumental music to a degree hitherto unknown, and their use as an integral part of the dramatic structure.” (inside cover)   Slide72:  Connection Thirteen Knowledge of Music (1966) The Reader’s Encyclopedia of Shakespeare: “Shakespeare’s familiarity with the music of his time is indicated by more than 500 passages in his works. His enthusiasm for this art is manifested in the observances of many of his sympathetic characters….Shakespeare was acutely aware of the emotional and dramatic appeal of the actual music that could be recalled to the minds of his audience….Shakespeare’s uses of vocal music in his plays were manifold, and always purposeful, ranging from appropriate moments of pure entertainment to those of complete and indispensable integration with the drama in order to illuminate character or carry the action forward.” (574, 575) Slide73:  Connection to Shakspere William of Stratford ? No known connection. Knowledge of Music Slide74:  Connection Thirteen Knowledge of Music Connection to Oxford: Oxford was known as an accomplished musician and patron of music. John Farmer dedicated two music books to him. Two musical works bearing his name, The Earl of Oxford’s March and The Earl of Oxford’s Galliard, may have been composed by him. John Farmer, The First Set of English Madrigals (1599), in his dedication to Oxford: “Most Honorable Lord… I have presumed to tender these Madrigals only as remembrances of my service and witness of your Lordships liberal hand, by which I have so long lived, and from your Honorable mind that so much have loved all liberal Sciences: … for without flattery be it spoken, those that know your Lordship know this, that using this science as a recreation, your Lordship have overgone most of them that make it a profession. Right Honorable Lord, I hope it shall not be distasteful to number you here amongst the favorers of Music, and the practicers, no more then Kings and Emperors that have been desirous to be in the roll of Astronomers, that being but a star fair, the other an Angels choir. Connection Fourteen:  Connection Fourteen Knowledge of Power (1892) Whitman: “[O]nly one of the ‘wolfish earls’ so plenteous in the plays themselves, or some born descendent and knower, might seem to be the true author of those amazing works.”   (1929) H. B. Charlton in Shakespeare, Politics and Politicians, referring to the history plays: “A better name would be political plays, for they are plays in which the prevailing dramatic interest is in the fate of a nation. Since that is their nature there will be in them much of what Shakespeare’s insight had apprehended of the forces which shape a nation’s destiny.” Slide76:  Connection Fourteen Knowledge of Power (1965) Adolf A. Berle, former ambassador and special assistant to the Secretary of State under President Kennedy, in Power, his treatment of modern political power in its myriad manifestations: “One wonders what the personal reveries of a Plantagenet or Tudor dictator must have been. Shakespeare probably gives a better analysis than historians. His pictures of the breakdown of MacBeth, of Richard II, and of Richard III are more convincing than most historical studies….[Shakespeare’s] historical dramas are poetry all the way through. Reference has been made in the text to a few interesting passages only. Regretfully, I have omitted many more. Take, for example, the evolution of MacBeth from well-meaning field commander to murderous police-state dictator, leading to loss of touch with reality and consequent downfall. It could be paralleled by the history of several contemporary Caribbean dictators I have known…or, for that matter, by the chronicles of contemporary European dictators. Interplay of personality and power is constant; perhaps the best education a power holder could have would be a solid acquaintance with Shakespeare’s plays.” (122, 579) Slide77:  Connection to Shakspere William of Stratford ? No known connection. He is never mentioned in the company of power-holders or being present in Court. Knowledge of Power Slide78:  Connection Fourteen Knowledge of Power Connection to Oxford: Oxford had frequent access to Court, an insider’s experience with Elizabeth, the machinations of foreign heads of states and ambassadors, and fawning courtiers. He saw power manifested in a variety of corruptions. Furthermore, being raised as a ward in Burghley’s household, and given his noble position, Oxford would have been exposed to the absolute center of England’s power. A. L. Rowse in Eminent Elizabethans: “The 17th Earl of Oxford was, as the numbering shows, immensely aristocratic, and this was the clue to his career. In Elizabethan society full of new and upcoming men, some of them at the very top, like the Bacons and Cecils – the Boleyns themselves, from whom the Queen descended, were a new family – the Oxford earldom stood out as the oldest in the land. He was the premier earl and, as hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain, took place on the right hand of the Queen and bore the sword of state before her.” (75) Connection Fifteen:  Connection Fifteen Knowledge of Italy (1873) Stratfordian Karl Elze in Essays on Shakespeare: “Distinguished Shakespearean scholars have expressed their conviction that Shakespeare visited Upper Italy, especially Venice, and that within and without his works there are numerous weighty intimations calculated to awaken and support the belief in such a journey; nay, that if any supposed journey of Shakespeare can be made probable, it is above all the journey to Italy….Mr. Ch. A. Brown frankly admits that nothing can shake his faith in Shakespeare’s travel’s in Italy, which, he adds, not only extended to Verona and Venice, but also to Padua, Bologna, Florence, and Pisa, probably even as far as Rome.” (262) Slide80:  Connection Fifteen Knowledge of Italy (1930) Stratfordian E.K. Chambers in William Shakespeare: “Much research has been devoted to a conjecture that he spent part of this period in northern Italy. It is certainly true that when the plague was over he began a series of plays with Italian settings, which were something of a new departure in English drama; that to a modern imagination, itself steeped in Italian sentiment, he seems to have been remarkably successful in giving a local colouring and atmosphere to these; and even that he shows familiarity with some minute points of local topography.” (61) Slide81:  Connection Fifteen Knowledge of Italy (1949) Stratfordian Ernesto Grillo in Shakespeare and Italy: “Shakespeare evinces a varied and profound knowledge of the country in general and of our cities in particular….Innumerable are the passages where he speaks of special characteristics of our peninsula, of her history, and of her customs…. He knew that Padua with all its learning was under the protection of Venice and that Mantua was not….The various scenes in Othello are no mere Venetian reminiscences, but pictures exhaling the very spirit of Venice, which Shakespeare has transferred to his drama.” (qtd. In Sobran 98, 135) Slide82:  Connection to Shakspere William of Stratford ? No known connection. Orthodox scholars now doubt that he ever left England. Knowledge of Italy Slide83:  Connection Fifteen Knowledge of Italy Connection to Oxford: Of the 16 months Oxford traveled the continent, 10 were spent in Upper Italy, primarily in Venice, Padua, Milan, and Florence. Alan H. Nelson, Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, supplies Oxford’s itinerary on his web site: Oxford first arrived in Venice in May 1575, made it the base of his operations, and interrupted his stay on at least three different occasions: Between May and 23 September, when he visited Genoa and Milan (also Palermo, Sicily?) Oxford was back in Venice on 23 September. On 27 November, when he visited Padua. Oxford was in back Venice on 11 December. Between 12 December and 26 February 1576, when he visited Florence and Siena (he was in the latter city on 3 January). Oxford was back in Venice by 26 February and remained until 6 March. Oxford left Venice for Paris on March, travelling via Milan and Lyon. Slide84:  Connection Fifteen Knowledge of Italy  Shakespeare plays with locations in or excessive references to: Venice: The Merchant of Venice, Othello Genoa: The Merchant of Venice Milan: Two Gentleman of Verona, The Tempest Padua: The Taming of the Shrew Florence: All’s Well That End’s Well Verona: Romeo and Juliet, Two Gentleman of Verona (Verona lies midway between Venice and Milan, near Padua.) Messina: Much Ado About Nothing Sicily: The Winter’s Tale

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