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Worth the Effort
on 4 September 2012
This book contains some interesting nuggets of background information that are new to me & probably many other folk, too, but it could really have benefited from academic interrogation before it hit the presses.
Not written by an academic, it goes about its premise in a flawed manner, which is a pity. Insinuations are made, but not backed up (Shakespeare must have been able to speak Italian, for example) & conclussions reached that are easily undermined (no Jews in London at the time of MoV) so some of the credibility has to be questioned.
The writer is not sure who the 'Poet' is, which is fair enough, but the cover seems to show the Stratford man viewing Italy. Did any candidate for authorship of the plays travel to Scicily, & if so, why?
The nuggets of geographical information ask further questions, and for that alone the book is worth reading. Doubtless, someone will build on some of the 'facts' unearthed and take this further.