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Shakespeare's Lost Kingdom: The True History of Shakespeare and Elizabeth Hardcover – 29 Apr 2010

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press; 1st Edition edition (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802119409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802119407
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 15.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

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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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Baron on 6 Mar. 2014
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"Shakespeare`s Lost Kingdom" was published in 2010, two years before the feature film "Anonymous" and the documentary film "Last Will and Testament", and therefore must have had a big influence on the contents of these two films, especially as Charles Beauclerk is a principal participant in the documentary.
The main theme that runs through the book is that the Earl of Oxford wrote the Shakespeare plays to reveal that he is the son of Elizabeth I and that he and Elizabeth are the father and mother of the Earl of Southampton; and therefore, in order to preserve the Tudor dynasty, he is the rightful successor to Elizabeth.
Charles Beauclerk presents a compelling argument but, although it is exceptionally erudite and well researched with many insightful passages, as can be expected from Charles Beauclerk, I am inclined to think that he is reading too much into the lines of Oxford/Shakespeare.
There is no external evidence that supports the Prince Tudor theory, and there almost certainly never will be; so that the theory will go down the long, long road to nowhere.
The Prince Tudor theory is divisive, and Charles Beauclerk has lost the opportunity to present a coherent case for the Earl of Oxford.
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I bought this book (soft-cover) two years ago, and after leafing through it, ended up lending it to a succession of friends and relatives (reading Chiljun's "Shakespeare Suppressed" was a priority at the time).

Only now am I nearing the end of a cover-to-cover reading.

Is the "Tudor Prince Theory" proven by Beauclerk? No - it remains a theory, but that is no put-down. It is still a plausible, fascinating, indeed truly exciting one.

I will, however, nail my colours to the mast;

as far as I'm concerned, that most of the 'body of work' referred to as "Shake-speare" [sic] was created by Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford **is as good as proven** (actual proof would be a manuscript in his hand, or a direct statement of fact by a contemporary).

The very fact of the lengths that the authorities (and, it would seem, his own family and peers) went to during de Vere's life (and more significantly, after his death) to suppress the truth of his authorship bespeaks an imperative bordering on desperation, which in turn implies that state secrets (and family secrets, amongst the nobility), of the kind Beauclerk proposes, were - ARE - methodically revealed in the plays and poems.

I've found that on multiple occasions Beauclerk comes up with truly dazzling revelations which cause me to read back over a paragraph several times, particularly during the later chapters on King Lear and The Winter's Tale.

Post-medieval English history needs to be re-written, or rather, wrested back from the conniving hands of the Cecils and their confederates.
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While Beauclerk provides many thought provoking insights into the playwright's obsessions and illuminates the plays and sonnets in a revolutionary way, he does tend to over egg the pudding with some flights of fancy that rather spoil the effect at times. It does rather put to shame anyone who believes the plays aren't autobiographical and the themes of lost identity, illegitimacy and incest show the author, whoever he was, to have been a deeply troubled and complex character. Beauclerk also explains convincingly the degree to which Oxford was a patron of literature and the Arts from the 1570s and could well have played a significant, if not leading, role in the English renaissance. He alsoshows that Stratfordians like Nelson, should look at the contemporary regard in which Oxford was held and his high reputation as a writer and let go of Ur-Hamlets. There is really very little doubt that Oxford produced, perhaps jointly, an impressive body of early work, some of it suspiciously like early versions of later Shake-speare works. I get uncomfortable about the double whammy conjecture of Oxford as Elizabeth's son and later lover and possible Wriothesley offspring. It is tantalising and perhaps just feasible but does stretch belief even if there are some fascinating clues in the text. Wouldn't it just be wonderful !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Rogers on 20 Jan. 2014
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Excellent. Great story of an intriguing and tragic story of the real Shakespeare ! What a tale of woe and sadness !
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Randall Sherman on 25 May 2010
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It is obvious to anyone who approaches the authorship question, and especially if they chose to write a review, that they bring with them a certain prejudice. It is disconcerting to see such extremes expressed, but this has always been the case with this subject because the implications are profound and disruptive.

First let first me state my disappointments. I find it hard to accept that the 17th Earl of Oxford could be the son of Elizabeth I, and even less convincing that he could later have an incestuous relationship with her to sire Henry Wriothesley. The only basis for this theory is that it makes plausible the extraordinary themes of the plays and Sonnets, yet for me it lacks logic and facts. It is more convincing to me that a writer's sexual infatuation with the Fair Youth and his own personal biographical pathos give better justification for the need to hide his authorship.

On the positive side, I come away from reading `Shakespeare's Lost Kingdom' immensely enriched - not because I agree with all the proposed theories - but because the basic case for Oxford as Shakespeare is established stronger than ever. Beauclerk raises the bar by focusing on the plays as biography which, as any author can attest (except James Shapiro and so many orthodox and non-fiction-writing scholars), is the essential reason for writing. Shakespeare's plays are nothing if they are not the subjective explanations of his personal experience. Writers write to tell a story, to explore a hidden secret, to purge their souls. They do not write for abstract and fictitious reasons (Stratfordian scholars cannot rationalize the works otherwise). This is not `Tarzan,' yet even Edgar Rice Burroughs was fulfilling his personal imagination.
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