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Updated on September 11, 2012

I am not a Shakespeare scholar, nor have I done extensive research into the authorship of his plalys. There are three parts to this postring. The first part sets the stage for a courtroom presentation by scholars who DO NOT BELIEVE SHAKESPEARE WROTE THE WORKS ATTRIBUTED TO HIM. Part I also contains the presentation of these charges before a fantasy COURT OF ACADAMIA, which was appointed tro hear these charges about Shakespeare. The reader should keep in mind that this three part posting is for entertainment only and that most of the information came from Wikipedia and therefore it is up to the reader to seek verification of accuracy. None is alleged here. On the other hand, i do not present actual proof that Shakespeare did write the works attributed to him. Hopefully, this little fictional trial can open the minds of readers to further explore any part of it that tweaks their curiosity. All comments, pro, anti, informative and opinionated are sought and welcome.




Hear ye, Hear ye, the royal court of academia is in session.

This court and the Royal Magistrate will rule on the question of who authored the works of Shakespeare. Representing the believers in Shakespeare is Sir Bennett Johnston, Professor Emeritus at oxford university.

Representing the non-believers in this matter Is Sir John Langston, also a professor at Oxford University. The question is simple, Did Shakespeare of Stratford On the Avon write the poetry and plays attributed to him? “What say ye, Sir Langston, yield some evidence of the true author of said works, or be guilty of blasphemy.”

“Aye, Me Lord, it is high time this matter be put to rest.”

We have researched the life of William Shakespeare from childhood and find no basis for him being the author

of such notable works of life within the royal court. On the

contrary, we found Shakespeare had only a grammar

school education and no experience with life within the

king’s court.”

‘”Who then, Sir Langston; who wrote King Lear, Henry

The Eighth, Hamlet and all the other masterworks

attributed to William Shakespeare’?”

“Aye Me lord, it is with sadness that i must say, contrary

to popular belief, Shakespeare was likely a mere pawn in the employ of the Earl of Oxford. The plays themselves most certainly would have been penned by someone of royalty, with personal knowledge of life within the royal family.Further, Me Lord, Shakespeare came from a poor family, yet he became a very rich landholder during his time with the Earl of Oxford.”

“Sir Langston, if the earl of oxford wrote the Shakespearean plays, why did he not publish them under his own name?”

“Me Lord, during the time of the plays poets and playwrights were viewed as entertainment for royalty. It would have been unseemly and totally unacceptable for an Earl to be seen as a common poet.” Therefore, it is most probable, almost certain, that the Earl of Oxford hired William Shakespeare to publish the Earl’s compositions under his own name.

End Part 1 of 3

Copyright May 24, 2010

Robert Hewett Sr.

AKA Cottonwood

Now, let's hear from those readers with knowledge, opinions, or questions through some lively comments below.


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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thanks for your comment KoffeeKlatch Gals . Actually, a number of theories abound about who wrote the Shakespeare plays, including Sir Francis Bacon. No one knows for sure, but most English literature professors and historians believe Shakespeare wrote the plays. I hope you read the other two parts.


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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I had heard before that there were some who questioned Shakespeare's ability to write all of his plays. I found your courtroom dramedy amusing.