The Truth Will Out: Unmasking the Real Shakespeare

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Pearson Longman, 2006 - Drama - 360 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Myles - Goodreads

I was pretty much convinced by this book that Shakespeare could not have written the plays attributed to him, and persuaded by the arguments for who likely wrote them. I really enjoyed this book. And it didn't diminish my respect for the plays or poetry of whomever wrote them. Read full review

Review: The Truth Will Out: Unmasking the Real Shakespeare

User Review  - Sasha - Goodreads

The question of true identity of person(s) who stand behind Shakespeare's masterpieces is a very interesting and intriguing one - even thought the mainstream opinion still holds opinion that no other ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Brenda James has pursued a life-long interest in Shakespeare and gained a First Class Honours degree in Cultural Studies from Portsmouth University.

Professor William Rubinstein is Professor of Modern History at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has published widely on many aspects of modern history.

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