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Sir Henry Neville, Alias William…

Sir Henry Neville, Alias William Shakespeare: Authorship Evidence in the…

by Mark Bradbeer

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After coming across the observation ("In The Truth Will Out", 2005, by Brenda James, and William Rubinstein) that Henry Neville was a distant relative by marriage to Shakespeare's mother, and the "Catholic" connection, we have been compelled to look anew at the Authorship question. Now we have Mark Bradbeer and John Casson summarizing the post 2005 research.
The dual authors take a very conservative evidentiary approach, but are not shy about finding bold "coincidences". For example, the fact that we have virtually NO document written by WS, no library or even a writing desk, and the fact that Neville scripted his "m" and "n" unlike any others and similar to each other, and we have the mispellings of certain m/n words ["inport"] in the printed plays....Well!
Finally, we have a plausible explanation for the many mysteries, and the implausibility of the "sole authorship" by an actor. Neville had a personal relationship with the several other suggested authors (Earl of Oxford, Bacon), and was related to all of the Kings who were the subject of Shakespeare's histories. ( )
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During Shakespeare's life, the History Plays were more than a collection of history lessons. They were cause to compare and contrast with the current monarchy and perhaps draw out some allegories and allusions. They were political and therefore dangerous. Yet William Shakespeare from Stratford-on-Avon never spent time in prison, unlike his fellow playwrights, Marlowe, Kyd and Jonson. The identification of authorship candidate, Henry Neville, by James and Rubinstein (2005), has opened the door to reinterpret the canon, particularly the History Plays. With this key, we review these plays. Neville had intimate access to a major history source, the Holinshed Chronicles (1587), had been ambassador to France and spoke French (Henry V), knew the descendents of Jack Cade (Henry VI), knew Crosby Place (Richard III) and lived in Blackfriars (Henry VIII). When Neville became a political prisoner, 'Shakespeare' stopped writing History Plays. We have accessed Neville's library containing annotated books, suggesting they are source material for the plays. By reference to the Holinshed Chronicles, in particular, we have identified numerous anomalies in the plays that indicate a consistent bias that portrays his ancestors in a positive light, reveals Neville's politics, and his self-portrait.

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