Shakespeare's Lost Kingdom: The True History of Shakespeare and Elizabeth (Google eBook)
It is perhaps the greatest story never told: the truth behind the most-enduring works of literature in the English language, perhaps in any language. Who was the man behind Hamlet? What passion inspired the sonnets, whose words were so powerful that “not marble, nor the gilded monuments Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme"? In Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom, critically acclaimed historian Charles Beauclerk pulls off an astounding feat, humanizing the Bard who for centuries has remained beyond our grasp.
Beauclerk has spent more than two decades researching the authorship question, and if the plays were discovered today, he argues, we would see them for what they are--shocking political works written by a court insider, someone with the monarch's indulgence, shielded from repression in an unstable time of armada and reformation. But the author's identity was quickly swept under the rug after his death. The official history--of an uneducated merchant writing in near obscurity, and of a virginal queen married to her country--dominated for centuries. Shakespeare's Lost Kingdom delves deep into the conflicts and personalities of Elizabethan England, as well as the plays themselves, to tell the true story of the "Soul of the Age."
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Great book full of insights.
The future awaits its complete triumph.
It is interesting that Beauclerk combed through his ancestor's letters diligently enough to find lines that repeat lines in the Shakespearean canon but one must remember that lines from contemporary movies and television shows both echo the language of the street and generate new idions.
Meaning that the resemblance could point to the fact that de Vere's letters and the works of the Shakespearean canon are of the same era. Duh!
However, Beauclerk's claim that Elizabeth I of England was able to have multiple pregnancies that no one of the time commented upon is far-fetched. Really, the most famous woman in the world had baby after baby without raising an eyebrow?
adjunct professor of English, Quinsigamond Community College
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Redeeming the Wasteland 298
Family of the Rose 326
Final Sacrifice 353
Illustration Credits 411
Compassing the Crown 210