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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.
|24 May 2016|
|The Smithsonian thread /cont...||
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.
|21 Feb 2016|
|The Smithsonian Folio Tour Thread||
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
|13 Jan 2016|
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||
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.
|06 Jan 2016|
|Ben Crabstick on Basse||
William Basse’s Polyhymnia and the Poetry of Service
Ben Crabstick Independent Scholar (<firstname.lastname@example.org>)
|30 Dec 2015|
|American Library Thread||
|28 Dec 2015|
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|
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.
|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|
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.
|05 Feb 2015|
The latest chronology, included Bruster final predictions and Tarlinskaja's latest. Big Data crushing the life out of alternative chronology.
|05 Feb 2015|