Shakespeare's Lost Kingdom: The True History of Shakespeare and Elizabeth

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Feb 8, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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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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User Review  - PensiveCat - LibraryThing

Definitely intriguing. I suppose we'll never know the true identity of the Shakespeare works. Though Beauclerk puts a good case forward: someone with deeper access to the world of the Elizabethan ... Read full review

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User Review  - ZephyrsPawn - LibraryThing

Reads like a Mexican Soap Opera, or a Greek one maybe,, but more insane and weird. Reading it in this spirit, I found it entertaining-ish. The ideas (some of which are interesting) were lost to me ... Read full review


Child of State
Loves Labours Lost 183
Compassing the Crown 210
Outcast King
Redeeming the Wasteland 298
Family of the Rose 326
Acknowledgments 389
Bibliography 403
Illustration Credits 411

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Charles Beauclerk is a writer, lecturer, and historian. A descendant of Edward de Vere, he is the founder of the De Vere Society, former president of the Shakespeare Oxford Society, and trustee of the Shakespeare Authorship Trust. He is also the author of Nell Gwyn: Mistress to a King.

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