Was Shakespeare an Essex Boy?
William Shakespeare died on 23rd April 1616. He is considered by many to be the greatest playwright of all time. Seven years later, on November 8th 1623, the first collected edition of works known as The First Folio was registered at the London Stationer’s Company. It was priced at £1.00 and 750 copies were printed. The First Folio contained 34 plays credited to William Shakespeare, however publication only unleashed a mystery that still has not been resolved to this day.
William Shakespeare came from Stratford-upon-Avon. Today this bald statement, largely unquestioned, is supported by a huge industry of theatre, tourism and Shakespeare memorabilia based there. Edward DeVere To suggest that the revered author of 154 sonnets, 34 plays and two epic poems, in fact came from Essex would seem silly. During Shakespeare’s lifetime, actors, fellow writers, such as Ben Johnson, and theatre owners, like John Heminge and Henry Condell, acknowledged Shakespeare’s talents. However much of Shakespeare’s life, as opposed to his writing, is shrouded in mystery.
For more than 300 years sizeable groups of people have been casting doubt on Shakespeare as the author and posing alternative names as the TRUE BARD. One of the most plausible candidates as the most likely creator of much of the work attributed to William Shakespeare was Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, from Hedingham Castle, Essex.
Could Shakespeare really have been an Essex boy and was Shakespeare just a pseudonym for Edward de Vere?
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