The Truth Will Out: Unmasking the Real Shakespeare
, 2006 - Drama
- 360 pages
Prompted by her discoveries of previously unseen, primary documentary evidence, Shakespeare historian Brenda James devoted more than five years of scholarship to proving that Sir Henry Neville, a well-traveled, Oxford-educated English diplomat of Falstaffian proportions, was the true author of the works of William Shakespeare. Settling the question of how Shakespeare of Stratford--little traveled and of little higher education--could have written such a broad body of work, James and coauthor William Rubinstein prove that the Stratford man, a London actor, was a pawn, and that the Bard himself was Sir Neville, the ambassador to France and a member of Parliament for 28 years, a Protestant for whom writing was both a secret pleasure and an outlet for expressing his often controversial political views. Examining Neville's richly woven family lineage, tracing codes embedded in the writings, analyzing new evidence--the mysterious Tower Notebook of 1603--and revisiting the old, James and Rubinstein present an extensive investigation, revealed here for the first time. The most shocking of all their findings is the total confluence of the events of Neville's life--including a rebellion against the queen and his confinement in the Tower of London, during which he wrote Hamlet--and the evolution of "Shakespeare's" works. With six illuminating appendices and a celebratory Foreword by Mark Rylance, artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and chairman of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust, The Truth Will Out is a revelatory exploration of two men and their times, and will forever change the landscape of Shakespearean scholarship.