"Beauclerk has not only scandalized professors throughout the English departments of the world's schools and universities, he has thrown down the gauntlet to historians as well ... and he has garnered supporters in this long-simmering debate." --The Boston Globe "Beauclerk's learned, deep scholarship, compelling research, engaging style and convincing interpretation won me completely. He has made me view the whole Elizabethan world afresh. The plays glow with new life, exciting and real, infused with the soul of a man too long denied his inheritance." --Sir Derek Jacobi "An intriguing book that proposes another forceful argument in this age old debate. Beauclerk's detailed exploration divides the mythical notions from the historical truths. You will have a hard time putting this book down." --Roland Emmerich "Charles Beauclerk is an engaging, learned, and engrossing speaker. On the subject of Shakespeare, they don't come any better." --William F. Buckley Jf. "An extraordinary and controversial interpretation of Shakespeare's origins, which certainly provokes much thought. A radical analysis of Shakespeare's text, leading to a conclusion which is bound to amaze the reader and the scholar. Who was Shakespeare?" --Steven Berkoff "Captivating ... Beauclerk writes persuasively, mixing history with quotes from Shakespeare's works in a style that's far from the overly-academic manner you might expect for such a detailed literary and historical analysis. As the pieces of his theory come together, even the most ardent adherent to "Stratfordian mythology" (that a lowly son of a glove-maker from Stratford-upon-Avon was Shakespeare) may find themselves having second thoughts." --Kevin Lauderdale, Author Magazine "[The authorship question] stands as one of the great undiscovered lands of Shakespearean research, full of resounding insights into the plays we love so well ... Charles Beauclerk must be one of the most learned speakers on the Earl of Oxford. He is passionate and gracious about his subject." --Mark Rylance, First Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre "Charles Beauclerk is eloquent and persuasive in his defense of the thesis that the Earl of Oxford wrote the works of William Shakespeare." --Ambassador Paul H. Nitze, The Nitze School, Johns Hokins University
Charles Beauclerk is a writer, lecturer, and historian. A descendant of Edward de Vere, he is the founder of the De Vere Society, former president of the Shakespeare Oxford Society, and trustee of the Shakespeare Authorship Trust. He is also the author of Nell Gwyn: Mistress to a King. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Really, another book using the works to provide speculative biography. If you are looking for good books on Shakespeare's life, try (the very short) Shakespeare: The World as a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Marco19
After watching the film "Anonymous" Anonymous [DVD]  I have become very interested in the question of who wrote Shakespeare. Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2013 by Reefton
This is a great read. Literary history at its best. The thesis is simple, if shocking, to modern ears. Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2011 by a liberal humanist
Hopefully the heated debates over the value of Charles Beauclerk's magnificent new book "Shakespeare's Lost Kingdom" will continue to attract new readers, who will then think for... Read morePublished on 30 April 2010 by Hank Whittemore
Deep knowledge of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, and a thorough familiarity with the people and mores of the time, combine in Charles Beauclerk's consistently interesting, often... Read morePublished on 26 April 2010 by Sally E. Mosher