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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! Worth the £10 investment
As someone who's always had an inkling that there's more to this idea of "Shakespeare" than meets the eye, it's enlightening and encouraging to get the details. Written in a way that really keeps you wanting to read, without even deviating from the facts -it's impressively done. I thought The DaVinci Code was good but this is way better. One of those cases where the truth...
Published on 7 Aug. 2006 by Helen Beaufort

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2.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, but flawed
This curious book by Virginia Fellows hinges upon the belief that a hidden "code" is present in the Shakespeare plays which details the life and times of Francis Bacon, the supposed real author of the plays and sonnets, and the supposed illegitimate son of Queeen Elizabeth.

What's convincing about the book is that Will Shaksper of Stratford-upon-Avon did NOT...
Published on 9 May 2009 by Aanel Victoria


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! Worth the £10 investment, 7 Aug. 2006
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Helen Beaufort (Minneapolis, MN) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Shakespeare Code (Paperback)
As someone who's always had an inkling that there's more to this idea of "Shakespeare" than meets the eye, it's enlightening and encouraging to get the details. Written in a way that really keeps you wanting to read, without even deviating from the facts -it's impressively done. I thought The DaVinci Code was good but this is way better. One of those cases where the truth is more interesting than the fiction.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, but flawed, 9 May 2009
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Aanel Victoria (USA) - See all my reviews
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This curious book by Virginia Fellows hinges upon the belief that a hidden "code" is present in the Shakespeare plays which details the life and times of Francis Bacon, the supposed real author of the plays and sonnets, and the supposed illegitimate son of Queeen Elizabeth.

What's convincing about the book is that Will Shaksper of Stratford-upon-Avon did NOT write the works attributed to him, and that he was a mere foil and namesake for the true hidden author. Fellows also presents arguments that Will Shaksper was a lazy money-grubbing hedonist, satirized in the plays as Falstaff.

What's not convincing about the book is the presence of this extremely detailed, extremely informative, and extremely far-fetched "Code", and the voluminous "Cipher Wheel" upon which the code can supposedly be easily read and deciphered via turning wheels and scrolls. The fact is, the premise and the wheel and the presumed "ciphers" have been examined by scholars -- including noted cryptologists William and Elizebeth Friedman -- and deemed invalid.

For inquiring minds wishing to pursue the Shakespeare authorship question reliably, I recommend Shakespeare by Another Name: The Life of Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, the Man Who Was Shakespeare, by Mark Anderson.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the author believes it, but do we?, 8 Mar. 2009
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The idea that Francis Bacon hid a coded biography within the works of Shakespeare and others sounds more complicated than simply being the playwriting genius, William Shakespeare. If the cipher is there (and who would believe it until they had seen it for themselves?) then it must have been put there when the works of Shakespeare where complete. I was unconvinced by Fellows book that seems to be spinning old theories without any convincing research.
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