In 2009 I published The De Vere Code, which demonstrates that the poems published as Shake-speare's Sonnets in 1609 were in written, not by William Shaksper from Stratford-on-Avon, but by Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, a nobleman at the court of Queen Elizabeth I.

As the promotional bandwagon for Roland Emmerich's Stratford-baiting Anonymous gets under way, this blog will chronicle the next few months in the life of The De Vere Code, to see how its arguments, and the wider case for Edward de Vere, fare during this time of unprecedented scrutiny around all things Authorship…

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The law's an ass?

Following on from Stephen Fry's ribbing of Oxfordians as 'looneys', it is interesting that there are some on that side of the fence who many would consider more than capable of distinguishing valid inference from lunatic speculation. Not least Bert Fields, the eminent US entertainment and media attorney. As his Greenberg Clusker biog puts it:

"Mr. Fields has represented virtually every major Hollywood studio and talent agency, and he has tried many of the landmark cases in the entertainment and communications industries over the past 30 years..."

Today  in the Hollywood Reporter, Fields (who has written a book on the various candidates) talks about why  he thinks there is a case to be answered. 

"I’m an agnostic. I think there’s a serious issue as to whether the guy from Stratford, who I call the Stratford Man, really wrote the poems and plays of William Shakespeare. His name is William Shakespeare, but there’s an issue over whether he wrote the plays. I don’t rule out the possibility that he did, but I can make a strong argument that indicates it’s a real stretch that this man wrote them by himself."

Of course he could  be wrong. But a loony? I guess he won't be representing Mr Fry any time soon.

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