Pointon reviews the education Shakspere would have received if he had attended grammar school, dismantling the inflated claims of Stratfordian scholars but showing why even such schooling, which mainly involved learning Latin, was unlikely for a child in a family with "no tradition of education or literacy," a defect that extended even to William's own children.
Drawing clear historical outlines with his narrative anchored in facts, Whittemore relies far less on imagination than some of the best-selling Stratfordian biographers have.
Yet don't such motives apply more appropriately to Stratfordians
? Some believe that if a man of lowly origins can achieve such greatness, there is hope that they, too, can have a stroke of luck, can be discovered by a talent scout, and be promoted by powerful mentors.
I am struck by the shrillness of the Stratfordians. Gall Kern Paster sniffs that to query her about the authorship question "is like asking a paleontologist to debate a creationist's account of the fossil record."
But the Stratfordians did not offer any comparably compelling evidence to support their hypothesis that William Shakespeare of Stratford authored the plays, believing, apparently, that a defense of tradition is an unnecessary bother.
At this point it is worth recalling the contacts between Shakespeare and fellow Stratfordian Richard Field, printer; Shakespeare and the Stratford Corporation; and Richard Quiney's letter to Shakespeare seeking to borrow money, citing their shared place of origin (coincidentally in the same year as the trial, 1598).(3) Perhaps we should be less surprised by the apparent paradox of Shakespeare's working life in London, and increasing financial stake in Stratford: in the midst of the largest city in the country, he was surrounded by ex-neighbours and fellow townspeople.
The first is that there was provision for female education in Stratford in his day; the second is that Stratfordians moving to London maintained contacts with other Stratfordians in the city.
In the preface to his book, Beauclerk discusses the problems of the Stratfordian case, summing up in the words of the 19th-century editor of the variorum editions of the Shakespeare plays, W.H.
One Stratfordian chestnut about alternative authorship studies is the charge of snobbery, that Oxfordians are elitists for believing that Shakespeare was a nobleman rather than a commoner.
It's not always right to look backwards I know, but as a Stratfordian
my town seems to have lost so much and gained so little.
The parallels between Burghley and Polonius are so vast and detailed that even the staunch Stratfordian A.
Oxfordians, in general, agree with scholarly tradition that The Tempest was probably Shake-speare's final play--and many concur with the German Stratfordian critic Karl Elze that "all external arguments and indications are in favor of [the play being written in] the year 1604." Before he takes his final bow, Prospero makes one last plea to his eternal audience.