The Truth Will Out: Unmasking the Real Shakespeare

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The question of who wrote Shakespeare’s plays has been the subject of furious debate among scholars for over 150 years. Everything known about the facts of William Shakespeare’s life seems incompatible with the extraordinary genius of his writing. How could a man who left school at the age of 13, and apparently never travelled abroad have authored the incomparable Sonnets or so intricately described Renaissance Venice? Shakespeare ‘candidates’ abound, among them Sir Francis Bacon, The Earl of Oxford, even Queen Elizabeth I herself, but none have stood up to serious scrutiny. Until now….

This remarkable, intriguing, and provocative book offers a completely plausible new candidate; Sir Henry Neville.

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‘Remarkable, intriguing, and provocative…It may prove to be a landmark book of genuine world-wide importance.’

Professor John Spiers, University of Glamorgan

‘This is a pioneering book. I can’t imagine that any scholar or student, actor or enthusiast of Shakespeare will be able to ignore it. I for one welcome and celebrate this book not only for its discoveries and clear style of expression, but for the wonderful partnership of a University professor and an independent scholar which gave it birth.’

Mark Rylance, Actor, Artistic Director Shakespeare’s Globe 1996-2005 and Chairman of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust

‘Till now, where Shakespeare authorship is concerned, I have always been a sceptic; it seemed to me attributing Shakespeare to anyone else, one had to make a good case for him not to be the actor from Stratford.

This book has convinced me that whoever wrote the plays, it was not the Stratford man and the case for Sir Henry Neville is by far the strongest I have as yet encountered.’

John Julius Norwich, Author, Scholar and Broadcaster

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Till now, where Shakespeare authorship is concerned, I have always been a sceptic; it seemed to me [in] attributing Shakespeare to anyone else, one had to make a good case for him not to be the actor from Stratford.

This book has convinced me that whoever wrote the plays, it was not the Stratford man and the case for Sir Henry Neville is by far the strongest I have as yet encountered.

 

John Julius Norwich, Author, Scholar and Broadcaster

 

 This is a pioneering book. I can't imagine that any scholar or student, actor or enthusiast of Shakespeare will be able to ignore it. I for one welcome and celebrate this book not only for its discoveries and clear style of expression, but for the wonderful partnership of a University professor and an independent scholar which gave it birth.

 

Mark Rylance, Actor, Artistic Director Shakespeare's Globe 1996-2005 and Chairman of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust

This remarkable, intriguing, and provocative book offers a new answer and a completely plausible new candidate, with all the qualities of a believable author. […] It seems certain to provoke new discoveries which will finally resolve the most perplexing, the most abiding, and the most important of literary riddles. [This] publication may prove to be an event of genuine world-wide importance [which will] radically change our understanding of the source and course of the English literary and cultural renaissance.

Professor John Spiers, School of Humanities, University of Glamorgan, & Institute of English Studies, University of London.

 

Who wrote the works of William Shakespeare?  This is the question at the heart of the Shakespeare Authorship debate, and one that has been hotly debated by scholars and enthusiasts for over 150 years.

Everything known about the facts of William Shakespeare’s life seems incompatible with the extraordinary genius of his writing.  The search for the ‘real’ Shakespeare has turned up any number of ‘candidates’, among them Sir Francis Bacon, The Earl of Oxford, even Queen Elizabeth I herself, but none have yet stood up to serious scrutiny.

The Truth Will Out introduces a compelling new answer to one of the longest-standing enigmas in literary history.

 

 

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