Dan Brown-style claims that Shakespeare is buried in Westminster Abbey
But Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, The Tempest and Coriolanus among plays published after Lord died
03 November, 2017 — By The Xtra Diary
Waugh will present theories at the Globe Theatre on Sunday
IT sounds like something cooked up by the rather fertile imagination of The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown, a series of mysterious clues in the title and dedication pages of an edition of Shakepeare’s sonnets of 1609 that reveal that the Bard was actually Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, and his final resting place isn’t in Stratford-upon-Avon’s Holy Trinity church but is Westminster Abbey.
This theory has been put forward by researcher Andrew Waugh, who says he has deciphered a series of clues that point to De Vere being Shakespeare, and now Waugh will be presenting the case at the Globe Theatre on Sunday.
Waugh claims that a series of patterns and shapes in the dedication to the sonnets show evidence that Shakespeare’s body can be found beneath the statue of the Bard in Poets’ Corner and that they spell out the legend: “Edward De Vere lies here.”
He told the Guardian: “It is like an old- fashioned treasure island map. You overlay the title page onto a ground plan of Poets’ Corner and it just points to exactly where he is buried. It is just phenomenal.” He adds that by taking the dedication and arranging the words like a crossword grid a message emerges that states Edward De Vere is under the William Kent and Peter Scheemakers 1740 statue of Shakespeare, which was part funded by Alexander Pope and Lord Burlington.
These conspiracies over whether William Shakespeare really wrote the plays and sonnets are nothing new. There has also been discussions on whether his love sonnets reveal he was gay. There is the question whether any of this matters – Hamlet still dies in an orgy of violence and a lovely person is still compared to a summer’s day.
But there is another aspect to such theories that is interesting and says more about modern life than the Elizabethan period. Defenders of Will as the writer suggest there is an element of British class snobbery involved. Some scholars, it is suggested, are simply not comfortable with the idea that a working-class lad from the rural Stratford could have created such a body of text.
And the theory of it being De Vere stumbles against one fact: he reportedly died in 1604 – so how come plays such as Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, The Tempest, Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra date from after his death, they point out…