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Dugdale's Inaccuracies
Tom's paper on Dugdale.

The funerary monument to William Shakespeare in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-on-Avon, is a typical ‘scholar monument’ of the type that developed in the late-16th century which was popular for memorializing academics and clerics well into the 17th century (see Figure 12 for other examples).1 Erected probably not later than 1618,2 it depicts a half-effigy of the poet attired in a subfusc, an academic gown with the sleeves ribboned and pinned back like a short cape as worn by Oxford University undergraduates, and engaged in his earthly profession, writing. The first published depiction of the monument appeared in William Dugdale's 1656 Antiquities of Warwickshire.3 The engraving, thought to be by Wenceslaus Hollar or one of his workmen, was based on a sketch made by Dugdale probably in 1649,4 and both depictions differ markedly in some respects from the monument as it appears today.

By Tom Reedy

29 Oct 2017
The Shakespeare Forum Thread

Excellent thread in which memebers of our parish exercised commendable restraint as the locals were raring to get at the Oxfordians after a previous thread was deleted.

Heartfelt posts from actors who believe that Shakespeare shared their home in the theatre stranded Oxfordians with little to say in reply.

24 May 2016
The Smithsonian thread /cont...

Authorship Threadwatch

Enjoy this. There may not be another 2,500 post thread in which almost every Oxfordian tortoise sticks their head out the shell to await the axe.


There is discussion of Hand D, in which Oxfordians claim to have triumphed without haveing understood Thing One, along with many similar issues of evidence and two massive discussions which ended in disaster fro The Earl. Hiundreds of posts on the differences between sycamores and plane trees violently catch fire when it becomes apparent that, due to differences in nomenclature, American Oxfordians have never seen a sycamore tree and a thousand posts on canals in Italy tragically drown in the realisation that Oxfordians do not realise what a canal is.

There are 631 pages of posts (count 'em) and they have been brutally compressed by the PDF creator but it's searchable, which the online thread is not. But at 29Mb, all the methods of preservation which can preserve formatting seem to blow up in your face.

21 Feb 2016
The Smithsonian Folio Tour Thread

Authorship Threadwatch

Another longish thread in which no questions get answered. Notable only for the latest tactic of fielding Kamikaze Novice Oxfordians like cc and Bob.

The untrained combatants try to peddle Oxfordian basic fundamentalism as ShakesVereans, safe back at base, "school" them on the fly, so breaking records for ignored evidence, errors of comprehension and unanswered questions. Of interest mainly to students of irrational thinking or researchers studying The Dunning Kruger Effect.

Favourite Words of Wisdom
cc: Oxford's writing was juvenilia. All of his later plays, which were written about, have not been discovered, because he was using a pen name, as people attested to at the time.

13 Jan 2016
Ashland Broadcast

A large amount of witless, Back-to-Basics, unchallenged nonsense broadcast by a bored local radio presenter. Features Ros Barber, Kevin Gilavry and Alexander Waugh all dialled up to 11 in pre-conference fervour.

08 Jan 2016
Guardian 400th Anniversary

Authorship Threadwatch
Two-Tweet synopsis for the uninitiated provided by oxfraud.com. Now you know what happened without having to read the comments!


Article: The Guardian view on Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary: the play’s the thing. Editorial. The editor signals the beginning of a notable year for Shakespeare. Half-hearted Oxfordians try to throw in the towel after 4 days, dodge big issues, avoid talking about poetry, Wags tries out the word 'allonymous' and some newish voices try and take Waugh's Avona out for another outing.

Summary: Made cautious, no doubt by their recent leathering in the ALA thread, the regulars were more reticent in this thread, especially when the subject of Oxford's verse cropped up with a neat comparison of the rambling Loss of Good Name to line and a half from Lear. 13 of Shakespeare's words distilling the essence of loss  get the job done better, smarter and far more memorably. Dropped like a skipload of hot bricks. There was a lot of heartsearching on Shakesvere about their poor performance in this thread.

No Stritmatter on display though Alexander Waugh took a potshot or two from distance. On the whole, big issues were avoided while minor points and issues that some Oxfordians regard as undecided were aired instead. The issue of Avona's claim to be Hampton Court came up and went nowhere again. Junior Debsoc Newbie, cc1234 called one commenter's 'written by space alien' argumentum ad absurdum, failing to realise that space aliens are MORE probable alternative candidates than Oxford.

The main feature, however, was the number of abandoned sub-threads suggesting a malaise in the Oxfordian camp.
On the positive side, Amelia Lanier made a brief appearance. On the negative side, the newbies wouldn't put the broken toys down
FINAL SCORE
Oxfordian evidence presented: 0
Oxfordian toys permanently broken: 0
Oxfordian Verbiage intended to distract: 2.2Mb.
Link: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree....

06 Jan 2016
Ben Crabstick on Basse

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/JEMS-2279-7149-15782

William Basse’s Polyhymnia and the Poetry of Service

Ben Crabstick Independent Scholar (<ben.crabstick@gmx.co.uk>)

30 Dec 2015
American Library Thread

Authorship Threadwatch
Two-Tweet synopsis for the uninitiated provided by oxfraud.com. Now you know what happened without having to read the comments!
ARTICLE:  Shakespeare’s “Infinite Book of Secrecy”, ALA, Dec 2015. Michael Dudley open-handedly reports on The Folger First Folio Tour before disingenuously pleading for a place on the bus for Oxfordians.
SUMMARY Another severe defeat for Oxfordians on the subject of evidence, made memorable by a winning position on William Basse and two utterly disastrous attempts to rehabilitate Oxford’s poetry by first Michael Dudley himself and then briefly, by arch-Oxfordian Roger Stritmatter.
Stritmatter was keen to introduce a new evidence trinket on the subject of William Basse’s poem, which was promptly broken into pieces. The argument ended where arguments like this so often do, with Stritmatter disappearing having inadvertently opened the door to checkmate with an admission that Basse’s poem unquestionably refers to Shakespeare. Since it also refers to Stratford, his nativity, his title and the date of his decease, then it must refer to the one and only armigerous playwright from Stratford who died in April 1616. Ooopsie! After Sicinius & Whilk, Authorship Vandals to the Gentry, offered a reading of one Oxford’s poems, panic among the Oxfordian ranks ensued. Offering only the briefest of attempted replies, streams of Oxfordian invective, mostly personal, began to flow, accompanied by a choris of hideous whining about Ben Jonson’s Preface. Partly, one assumes, to bury the failures.

FINAL SCORE
Oxfordian evidence presented: 0
Oxfordian toys permanently broken: 2
Oxfordian Verbiage intended to distract: 18Mb.

28 Dec 2015
In Memoriam

A collection of short verses on the retirement of Oxfordians from public life. In memory of  the days when Oxfordians had the courage of their convictions and went about in public to argue their cause.

29 Apr 2015
Magri's Measurements

Noemi Magri identifies Belmont as the Villa Foscari, a small but exquisite Palladian Villa in Malatesta (tr. headache), near Venice. Not very 'bel' and certainly no sign of a 'mont' but Magri insists that it is exactly 10 miles away, making a round trip exactly 20 miles and since this is the distance mentioned by Portia (who clearly intends a 20-mile one-way journey), there is only one possibility. It's Belmont! And Shakespeare is therefore Oxford because he alone is party to the secret of the distance between the Villa and the courts.

No mention of the fact that Bassanio took three months getting back and forth, or that those returning from the trial took all night. No suggestion that the small villa might not be big enough for casket work with 3 princes as guests (which it clearly is). 20 miles is 20 miles and no one likes an idée fixe more than an Oxfordian.


But is it 20 miles really correct? See Google satellite....

04 Mar 2015
The Mysterious William Shakespeare

A transcript of Charlton Ogburn's 1984 TV debate with the occasionally outraged and indignant Maurice Charney, then Professor of English at Rutgers University. "Mr. Ogburn [and other Oxfordians]... don't really like the author that they have, and want to replace him with a romantic image of what an author should be." Yep. Them's the Oxfordians we're still dealing with.

14 Feb 2015
Newsweek PDF

A searchable, annotatable pdf of the recent Newsweek article debate with all 1750 comments. Since finding things on the site is distinctly tricky and FB doesn't seem to want to store such a big file, it deserves a permanent place here as a monument to abject Oxfordian argument and the death of their claims to understand evidence. The text is copiable, even when, on the odd page boundary, lines appear to be split horizontally.

It demonstrates quite conclusively that not a single Oxfordian was able to show how any of their alleged coincidences actually qualified as circumstantial evidence [they can’t establish the necessary, logical, inferential process whereby they get from their premises to a valid conclusion]. Since they already admit that they don’t have any direct evidence for their theory, it now appears that they have no evidence at all — at least, any of the kind that would be accepted in a legal case. Wells should perhaps take them up on that trial.

05 Feb 2015
New Chronology

The latest chronology, included Bruster final predictions and Tarlinskaja's latest. Big Data crushing the life out of alternative chronology. 

05 Feb 2015