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Shakespeare in Court (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
This explosive new salvo in the hard-fought war over the identity of William Shakespeare exposes the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, a registered charity from Stratford-upon-Avon, as a prime source of misinformation and subversion concerning the life and times of the World’s greatest playwright. Author and Shakespearean scholar, Alexander Waugh, provocatively accuses the Trust of “making false statements” about its tourist museums, of concealing information about Shakespeare authorship, of abusing those who challenge or contradict its “expert authority” and of having “a clear and obvious conflict of interest concerning its revenues and its representation of Shakespearean history.”
With wit, ingenuity and a profound knowledge of his subject, Waugh combines his exposé of the Birthplace Trust and those individuals driving its “Authorship Campaign,” with a dramatic courtroom cross-examination of “a typical orthodox Shakespeare pundit.” This lively scene, written in sharp, confrontational dialogue, challenges the traditional belief that Shakespeare’s works were composed by an illiterate butcher’s apprentice from the British Midlands and clearly reveals why the case for Shakespeare of Stratford, if submitted to the judicial scrutiny of any court of law, would be instantly dismissed.
- ASIN : B00O4V4V9W
- Language : English
- File size : 3511 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 112 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 574,917 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this hilarious exposé, first of the Trust’s fraudulent claims about its tourist attractions, and then of its systematic ignoring and suppression of evidence that Mr. Shakspere was not our poet-dramatist, Alexander Waugh emerges as the best satirical writer on this topic at least since Mark Twain. Twain himself would have loved this book. The fraudsters at the Birthplace Trust will despise it.
Since they refuse to participate in a mock trial, Waugh puts them on trial himself in this book, and what a rollicking fun time he has doing it! The trial becomes a vehicle for examining the evidence in detail and exposing the viciousness and deceptiveness of the Trust’s hired thugs.
Most importantly, however, he reveals new evidence that’s devastating to the orthodox case. Ben Jonson’s reference to the “Sweet Swan of Avon” will never be seen the same way again. This book will be remembered as one of the most important in the history of the controversy.
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The first half of this book deals with the buildings associated with Shakespeare. I remember walking around Stratford-on-Avon feeling as though I was in an English Disneyland. At the time I didn’t know why, but now, after reading Shakespeare in Court, I know exactly why. What Alexander Waugh says about the various properties acquired (and demolished) by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust takes one’s breath away. If you are thinking of a trip to 'Shakespeare's birthplace' read this first as a vaccination against trickery.
The second half is an imaginary court case where we are invited to convict Mr Shakspere, the actor manager from Stratford on Avon and absentee husband of Ann Hathaway, of for the ‘crime’ of writing the plays of William Shakespeare. But where is the evidence? It is not there. There is hearsay, supposition and wishful thinking, but no evidence.
At the end of this book I was convinced that the honest, hardworking Mr Shakspere could not have written W. Shakespeare’s body of work. And that we do his memory a disservice by thinking it.
At a reasonable length and a good price, this is a good introduction to the subject for newcomers as well as a funny refresher to more experienced hands.