Oxfordian authorship theorists connect Hamlet’s friends Horatio and Francisco to Edward de Vere’s cousins, the famous “Fighting Vere” military commanders, Horace and Francis.
“Horatio, I am dead. Thou livest. Report me and my cause aright to the unsatisfied…O God, Horatio, what a wounded name. Things standing thus unknown, shall I leave behind me. If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart, absent thee from felicity a while, and in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain to tell my story.”