Edward De Vere (17th Earl of Oxford) was not Shakespeare for the following reasons:
- There is no hard, tangible evidence to support De Vere's “candidacy” as the author of the Shakespearean works.
The case for De Vere as Shakespeare is based entirely on suppositions and extrapolations regarding the correlation between various places and events mentioned in some of the Shakespearean works with the travels and circumstances of De Vere's life. Such similarities do not constitute hard evidence (beyond a reasonable doubt) to establish De Vere as the author of the Shakespearean works. Moreover, there is a virtual vacuum of notes, letters and artifacts to substantiate the tenuous Oxfordian claims for authorship by De Vere. The absence of such crucial evidence constitutes nothing less than a flimsy conspiracy theory!
The Oxfordian hypothesis has the same egregious flaw as the Stratfordian hypothesis, i.e. they both start with the assumption that “their man” was Shakespeare, then they work backwards in a desperate attempt to find or create false “evidence” to support their assertion—deliberately turning a blind eye toward all concrete evidence that is contrary to their hypothesis!
- The Timeline.
The most critical factor that absolutely eliminates De Vere as the author of the Shakespearean works is the Time Line. The hard evidence clearly shows that many of the Shakespeare plays and sonnets were written and revised long after De Vere's death in 1604. Some prime examples of this are to be found in Macbeth, Anthony and Cleopatra, King Lear, The Tempest, Timon of Athens and Henry VIII. Furthermore, Shakespeare's Sonnets were still being written as late as 1621—the best examples are Sonnets 37, 66, 89 and 125.
Dead people simply do not write!
Such is the case with Edward De Vere!
Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford
(12 April 1550 – 24 June 1604)
For all of the precise, detailed information on this matter,
read Richard Wagner's book The LOST SECRET of William Shakespeare.