by Liam Scheff
It’s been said that if a lie is told often enough, it begins to sound true. And so, you can bet that a fib that has been repeated for four hundred years may be hard to shake off.
On Thursday’s Robert Scott Bell Show (10/20/11), RSB and Liam Scheff speak with Mark Anderson, author of “Shakespeare by Another Name.” We dive into the greatest cover-up in history – who wrote the plays of Shakespeare – and why does it matter to you?
In school we were told almost nothing about the man himself. A sometimes actor and businessman, ‘Will Shakspear’ is given credit. But we know nothing about him, or why he would have written such works of staggering genius.
Who was Will Shakspear? He was a glover’s son. He studied nothing of note or interest. Certainly not the Latin, Greek, Italian, Spanish and French that the author of the plays was familiar with or fluent in. Not the sciences, military experience, legal acumen, or knowledge of history, geography and travel that appear in Shakespeare.
So how did Will Shakspear become William Shakespeare? The answer is finally being revealed in Anderson’s excellent book – and now in a major Hollywood motion picture directed by Roland Emmerich, which is receiving high praise and top reviews, called “Anonymous.”
The truth is, we’ve all been duped. Will Shakspear was not the author. The man who wrote the plays was someone who sweated blood and tears through his hard-schooled youth. A young man who was trained in the languages of Europe, both current and ancient. Someone who traveled the European world, so well that he could make a map of it in his writings. Someone intimately familiar with Queen Elizabeth’s court, the intrigue and alliances, and betrayals. Someone who loved and suffered and was surrounded by personal challenges that left him often breaking, and finally broken. His name was Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford.
But so what? Who cares who wrote Shakespeare? The answer is – you do. Your children do. Because we all read a little Shakespeare in school, and we were told nothing about the man who wrote the work. Or, we were told a whopper: That “genius” needs no explanation. Some people are simply “geniuses.” And this is the problem with the Shakespeare myth.
We grow up with the greatest works in our language being mis-attributed to an impostor, who was chosen in his time to protect a man who had a lot to say, and a lot to lose for saying it. We’ve been robbed our understanding that “genius” isn’t born in a day – it’s something we can all aspire to in our own lives, by working endlessly and tirelessly at our passions, by digging deeper and honing our skills. Genius is the product of native talent plus – plus work over a long span, training, and experience. Of endless trial and error, until you master your special skill.
And in the real Shakespeare – Edward de Vere – we find all of these qualities, and a model for how we can achieve greatness in our own lives, with our own passions and callings.
The “genius” story we’re given in school directs us to worship false idols – and to feel that “genius” is that rare thing given only to a few. It makes us worship experts and authority, instead of using our own minds to break free of bland opinion or conventional wisdom.
The real story of Shakespeare is one of a revolutionary figure – a man who challenged the top figures in his world, the entire Royal court, and called them out on their hypocrisy. As we fight for the health freedom, we’re also fighting for intellectual freedom – not just the power to heal, but the power to think freely. Please join us for this special hour of radio on the Robert Scott Bell show, and you’ll walk away with a new understanding of history.
- Shakespeare by Another Name
- At Amazon
- Interview with Mark Anderson
- Anonymous Movie (Opening October 28th nation-wide).