Some of the most WIERD issues around 'Wm. Shaxberd' include firstly, the (at least !) 12 different spellings of his name (Shakespeare, Shakspeare,
Shackesper, Shagspere, Shagsber, Shaxber, Shaxberd, Shaxperd, Shagsberd, Shaxpere, Shaxper, Shaxpeare, Shaxpeere, etc.) and the fact that his own
daughter Judith - born at Stratford Upon Avon - was totally illiterate (she signed her name with an X since she could not read nor write).
Very strange (to say the least) for a (single?) individual with such a MASSIVE Vocabulary to have an illiterate daughter - the average Londoner (c.
1595) had a working English vocabulary of 3,500 words; an Oxford don/professor (c. 1595) had an average working (i.e. activee) vocabulary of up to c.
9,500 words - whereas the plays attributed to 'Wm Shaxberd' the actor from Stratford upon Avon shows an English vocabulary of a stunning 21,500 words
The Actor-Farmer from Stratford upon Avon had to leave his local Grammar school at 14 years of age when his Stratford-Mayor-father (elected 1568)
filed for bankruptcy ten years later...where did he get so many words?
Moreover, his various and sundry 'messy' signatures on various legal documents (allegedly by the same hand?) shows either a man who has had a stroke
(or suffering from delerium tremens alcoholic withdrawal symptoms) or a man who was not used to handling a quill pen professionally the way the author
of the plays certainly must have been able to do.
To describe his various childish signatures as 'Shaky' would be a gross understatement - unless he did it on purpose to provide a pun on his name
('shake' - speare).
Moreover it was the actor-farmer's friend Ben Jonson who said once 'Shaxper was in greate payine wenn ask'd to wryte' - evidence of the pain in the
hands following a stroke?
Things that make you REALLY go 'hmmmmmm' !!!!
Ergo, the theory that each of the 'plays' were co-authored by at least TWO (but probably more) authors by several stages of 'additions, deletions and
revisions' by various poets - this at least would account for the immense active vocabulary in the plays attributed to 'Shaxberd...'
There is an interesting working theory that the historical 'farmer-actor' from Stratford (a Wm Shaxberd) only contributed the PROSE COMIC
speech-sections to various plays by other playwrights e.g. Henry IV part 1 and Henry IV part 2 (and the Merry Wives of Windsor etc.) see the low-comic
character of. say, Fall +Staff (cf: =Shake + Speare) whose speeches placed into his mouth represent often a rural Warwickshire accent and 'a
Midlands-farmer's vocabulary' which typical rural English-Midlands farmers used c. 1595.
In other words, the actor-farmer from Stratford upon Avon in Warwickshire may have ONLY added comic relief speeches to the Plays which were drafted by
others (more educated?) in order to provide 'the groundlings' at the Globe and Blackfriar's Theatre with some of their OWN type of entertainment
(after all, the 1 peenny groundlings comprised a little over half the house i.e. 1000 persons at the lower levels of a full-house at e.g. the Globe
theatre (of which the actor was 1/9th owner-inveestor - the Globe (which we can glean from the receipts/account books which partly survive to this
day) seems to have held a full house of c.1,950 persons) - which suggests that there WAS an attempt for the original author(s) of the plays to HIDE
behind the actor Shaxberd in order to 'more freely' express unorthodox (and sometimes heretical) ideas.
Also, the stone 'Shakspeare' EPITAPH in Stratford's Trinity Church is pure doggerel - unless it was meant to be an elaborate CODE - certainly not
worthy of 'the Bard' by any stretch - why is that?
GOOD FREND FOR IESVS SAKE FORBEARE,
TO DIGG THE DVST ENCLOASED HEARE
BLESE BE Ye MAN Yt SPARES THES STONES,
AND CVRST BE HE Yt MOVES MY BONES
Morever the 'curiously-blank-and-dull-witted-face' on the 'stupid' statue of 'Shakspeare' overlooking the actual Stone Epitaph in the Church at
Stratford originally had his hands holding a Bag of Grain (i.e. wheat/corn) and NOT holding a Quill - it was only in the 18th century did another
sculptor change the monumeent to add a quill feather into his hand and adapt the grain bag as a kind of weird writing surface (people do not normally
write with pen and ink on grain-bags) - in fact we have an engraving of what the original monument looked like (the print-copy was made in the 1660s)
which shows the farmer-actor from Stratford holding a grain bag, not the quill/desk.
Ben Jonson (who like the actor from Stratford never attended University, and the two habitually got drunk together when in company on Sec-Wine and
other intoxicants) used to say of the actor 'Bill Shaxberd' that he 'had smalle Latin and lesse Greke' - in other words not formally educated.
This is NOT the case of the author of the Plays (or large sections of them) which show 'inside' knowledge of Cambridge University Student idioms - to
say nothing of the e.g. well-travelled 'inside knowledge' of the nobility-manners and 'lingo' of the inner circles of the French Court c. 1600.
Here are only SOME of the playwrights whose partial contributions to some of the Plays (attributed to 'William Shakespeare' in the First Folio Edition
of his Complete Works in 1623) are fairly well known
Arthur Munday (drafted a booke-play called Sir Thomas More which hand D seems to be Wm Shaxberd's)
George Poole (provided 65% of Titus Andronicus)
John Fletcher- 1579 - 1625 (who composed at last 1/2 of the play, Henry VIII, as well as 50% of The Two Noble Kinsmen, and a play called Cardenio,
which also contained contributions by a 'Wm Shaxberd')
Thomas Middleton (M.A. Oxon.) - 1580 - 1627 (Composed 1/2 of Measure for Measure, nearly 2/3 of Timon of Athens, and small snatchets of songs used in
MacBeth for the Weird Sisters (=e.g. the 2 Songs from his Play called The Wytche), and also contributed to some speeches in Henry VIII) worked for the
King's Men (1604-1611)
Francis Beaumont (seems to have contributed some speeches for Henry VIII)
Sir Thomas North, b. 1535 (involved with long poetical-prose drafts for Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra, Timon of Athens and Coriolanus which later
hands 'adapted' for the Stage)
George Wilkins (contributed speeches for Pericles, Prince of Tyre)
And at least a dozen other poet-author-playwrights, including of course, Eduard de Vere, the Earl of Oxford (died in 1604, and whose Coat of Arms
shows a 'Lyonne shaking a Speare') who was the one who seems to have written most of 'Shakespeare's Sonnets' to another man (de Vere was homosexual,
although married off by force !) which appeared in print in 1609 - the strangely-worded 'Dedication' of which seems to suggest strongly that the Poet
('Shakespeare') is already long-dead by the time of its publication ('Happinesse and That Eternitie Promis'd by our Ever-Living Poet") - as well as
the actual title 'Shakespeare's Sonnets' (suggesting that he cannot write any more, i.e. since he is dead) as opposed to a more common dedication by
someone who was still alive and COULD write more...e.g. 'Sonnets by Shakespeare' etc.
In other words, there is something ' Rotten in ye State of ' Wm Shaxberd's life v. his (alleged) work !!
edit on 9-8-2011 by Sigismundus because: 'shaking' cccommputerr keeeyboard issuesss-- and I don't even drink !