Necessary Mischief: Exploring the Shakespeare Authorship Question Paperback – August 17, 2018
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- Publisher : Bonner Miller Cutting (August 17, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 270 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0692158596
- ISBN-13 : 978-0692158593
- Item Weight : 1.07 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.61 x 9 inches
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The next four essays cover censorship and the little understood system of wardship that applied to the sons of landowners and the nobility during this time. This turns out to be a fascinating subject and reveals that a 'ward of the kingdom' i.e., an underage heir to landed estates whose father had died, were often financially ruined by their supposed caretakers. Indeed, a virtual industry of lawyers, clerks, and government officials sprang up during the Tudor Period to administer and usurp the resources of such landed estates until the ward reached his maturity.
This is exactly what happened to Edward de Vere whose father died when he was twelve. He was physically removed by the state and raised in the household of William Cecil, the queen's most trusted counselor, who charged his estate for the costs of de Vere's education and upkeep, and who forced de Vere to marry his daughter. Meanwhile, his estates were under the charge of Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, the queen's favorite and reputed lover. Dudley "managed" de Vere's lands so that, by the time, Edward de Vere reached the age of 21 and could resume control of his affairs, he found himself 11,000 pounds ($11 million in today's money) in debt!
If ever a person had reason to believe the deck was stacked against him, it was Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. Imagine the astonishment, powerlessness, fear, frustration and finally rage he must have felt. If he was indeed the greatest creative and literary mind in history, it is easy to imagine him thinking, "To hell with this system of exploitation. I'm going a different way!"
Bonner Miller Cutting's final chapters review controversies concerning Queen Elizabeth and historical fallacies regarding Oxford's decendants. All in all, this is a marvelous book marvelously researched, filling in important details about the biggest literary mystery of all time.
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Where i began to worry was at the theories that Oxford's name (and reputation) and those of succeeding De Vere generations were systematically swept under the carpet by the Cecil dynasty - based on possible mistakes or omissions in the identity of subjects in portraits. The anti-Strats must take care to avoid falling into speculative conspiracy theories on meagre evidence. These parts of the book are likely to allow the Shakspere faithful to dismiss the rest of what is a powerful addition to the Oxfordian case that asks questions which need to be addressed seriously by the Stratfordian orthodoxy.
So a book with some 5 star points and some 3 star ones as well.