Actor William Shakspere of
Stratford had little education, never left England, and apparently owned no
books. How could he have written the great plays and poetry attributed to him?
Journalist Mark Andersons biography offers tantalizing proof that Edward de
Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford—courtier, spendthrift, scholar, traveler,
soldier, scoundrel, and writer—was the real “Shakespeare.”
As Anderson reveals, de Vere
lived in Venice during his twenties, often in debt to its moneylenders
(Merchant of Venice). He led military campaigns against rebellious nobles in
Scotland (Macbeth). An extramarital affair resulted in fighting between his
supporters and rivals (Romeo and Juliet). And when de Vere was publicly
disgraced, he began using the pen name “Shake-speare” and appealed to Queen
Elizabeth I through her favorite form of entertainment—the theater. Download and start listening now!