Did Gervase Markham Leave Clues to the Authorship Question?

The blog Hidden Epitaph has an interesting post regarding references to Oxford as the 17th Earl of the line and possible hints of his secret authorship in Gervase Markham’s Honour in his Perfection in 1624. Markham is pretty obscure so I wanted to find out more information about this author. Continue reading


Peyton Investigation and Main and Bye Plots

Recognizing the kinship based chain of connection that ran through the Essex Rebellion, Peyton Investigation, Main and Bye Plots and beyond can help us to develop a more comprehensive picture of the situation that Shakespeare and the Fair Youth faced at the end of Elizabeth’s reign and early in the rule of James I. The use of multiperspectivism – incorporating diverse viewpoints that may reflect on, counter or correct the standard account – can also help us to recover further details.  Continue reading

Six Degrees of Shakespeare

Since it lay there for so long with nothing in it, WordPress has inspired me to launch this long delayed blog with an encouraging auto message and the following quote from Shakespeare:

And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.