Anonymous . . . I think, based on the trailers, that I've figured out who they're claiming did write the plays, and while I find all anti-Stratfordian claims ludicrous, in this one, we have a winner. If I'm correct, the movie is claiming that the Earl of Essex wrote the things, and from what I can tell, he's about the only member of Elizabeth's court who didn't even write poetry. There are many, many interesting things about Robert Devereux. Indeed, there are interesting things about him in connection with Shakespeare, which may be where this comes from. And it's certainly true that he was that rarest of things, a member of Elizabeth's court actually executed for treason. So she was certainly mad enough at him to do a lot of things. But again, if I have the plot sorted, she wasn't that byzantine in her plotting. It also fails to explain the continued production of new Shakespearean plays after the earl's--and, indeed, Elizabeth's--death.
And, yes, I know. Even without watching the trailer, I'm sure I know. The way people talk at faire is not the same as the way they spoke in the actual Renaissance. I can come closer to actual English from the era than most people, but does anyone remember the struggle in trying to get high school students to understand the Shakespeare they had to learn for English class? Now consider doing that to people who haven't had those classes in literally decades.
ETA--I've just read the Roger Ebert review of Anonymous, and it goes with the much more prosaic selection of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. And throws in hints at the idea that he was actually Elizabeth's son. It makes slightly more sense, but it still runs into chronology problems. And, yes, Roger's a firm Stratfordian, showing more sense than he did when it came to JFK.
Last edited by Gillianren; 2011-Oct-28 at 05:25 PM.
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