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Critical Insights of Two Oxfordian Books.

by A. Phoenix.



J. Thomas Looney originated the fallacious Oxfordian theory that Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford (1550-1604) was the true author of nearly all the Shakespeare poems and plays in his work “Shakespeare Identified” in Edward de Vere the seventeenth Earl of Oxford first published in 1920. The whole Oxfordian theory and all subsequent Oxfordian works are based upon and built from this publication right up to the present day. To mark its centenary The De Vere Society devoted the issue of its 2020 quarterly newsletter to whom it described as their ‘founding father’ J. Thomas Looney and his much-vaunted seminal work. The same year The Oxford Shakespeare Fellowship announced a new centenary edition of Shakespeare Identified edited by James A. Warren, which, without a trace of irony we are informed, ‘remains the most revolutionary book on Shakespeare ever written.’ Perhaps only Oxfordians could make such a grandiose claim for a book written without any bibliographical apparatus-without footnotes or references, nor a bibliography



Charles Beauclerk A Descendant of Edward de Vere, Seventeenth Earl of Oxford, the Founder and President of the De Vere Society

The leading light of the Oxfordian movement Charles Francis Topham de Vere Beauclerk (b. 1965), Earl of Burford, is heir apparent to Murray Beauclerk, fourteenth Duke of St Albans and is descended from Charles Beauclerk, the first Duke of St. Albans, the illegitimate son of Charles II and Nell Gwynne. He was educated at Eton College and Sherborne school before moving up to Hertford College, Oxford. Through his father he is related to Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford.

He is the Founder and President of the De Vere Society, former President of the Shakespeare Oxford Society, and trustee of the Shakespeare Authorship Trust.