Is the Shakespeare Authorship Question still alive? This site started almost ten years ago when Authorship dispute was in a different state. Since then, the question of who wrote outlying parts of the canon has moved up the academic agenda, at the expense of alternative candidates for the whole. Focus on collaboration has distanced claimants like Oxford from the man we know to be William Shakespeare, born in Stratford, resident of Silver Street, shareholder in the King's Men and part owner of The Blackfriar's Theatre.
In the early days, arguments were characterised by length, some threads extending to thousands of posts. We have nothing against long threads, and still have keen tastes in knockabout argument. Today, however, new scholarship, new techniques of analysis and a much greater interest in how Shakespeare wrote and profited from his work has exhausted the oxygen in authorship arguments. Doubters seem happy to be left alone in their echo chambers. This site, however, is now approaching the status of an archive for a failed conspiracy theory
Since we first launched the site, the big questions have been getting smaller. Why there is anyone left at all, believing in alternative authorship is the biggest question today.
Oxfordians insist Shakespeare left nothing behind. It's untrue. He left three pages of manuscript. What's More, Oxford also left loads behind. Their remains are all you need to separate them.
There isn't much and it proves nothing. We looked at an example, the only Oxfordian Doctorate and found it seriously lacking in credibility.
Oxfordian websites and books seem much less rare than living Oxfordians. We have reviewed one of the top Oxfordian sites and looked in detail at the quality of Oxfordian vision when focussed on the key issue of Oxford's education.
We make some claims of our own using Oxfordian methods. Here you'll find the Woody Allen Authorship question, the true identity of Leonardo da Vinci and the secret author behind James Joyce.
There are hundreds of articles here and over 3000 comments. We've installed some ways of sorting through the site in addition to the normal Search Box.