Synopses & Reviews
It is perhaps the greatest story never told: the truth behind the most enduring works of English literature. Who was the man behind Hamlet, King Lear, and the sonnets? In Shakespeareand#8217;s Lost Kingdom, critically acclaimed historian Charles Beauclerk pulls off an enchanting feat, humanizing the bard who for centuries has remained beyond our grasp. Beauclerk has spent more than two decades researching the authorship question, and he convincingly argues that if the plays and poems of and#147;Shake-speareand#8221; were discovered today, we would see them for what they areand#151;shocking political works written by a court insider, someone whose status and anonymity shielded him from repression in an unstable time of armada and reformation. But the authorand#8217;s unique status and identity were swept under the rug after his death. The official historyand#151;of an uneducated Stratfordian merchant writing in obscurity and of a virginal queen married to her countryand#151;dominated for centuries. Shakespeareand#8217;s Lost Kingdom delves deep into the conflicts and personalities of Elizabethan England, as well as into the plays themselves, to tell the true story of the and#147;Soul of the Age.and#8221; Youand#8217;ll never look at Shakespeare the same way again.
- Beauclerk is a direct descendant of Edward de Vere--who some believe is the true author of Shakespeare's plays--and served as president of the Shakespeare Oxford Society