The Guardian reports that after close analysis of the Henry VI plays by 23 academics, Christopher Marlowe has been officially credited as a co- author. His name will appear jointly with Shakespeare’s on the title pages of Henry VI, Parts One, Two and Three in the New Oxford Shakespeare.
The Francis Bacon Society is pleased that at last academics are facing the blindingly obvious about the supposed author: Will from
Stratford. We hope they will read the work of Barry Clarke, his PhD, part sponsored by the Society, awarded for computer based linguistic analysis confirming Bacon’s penmanship in the Shakespeare plays and his articles in the academic publications New Variorum and New Critical Perspectives on William Shakespeare.
And of course, Bacon’s The Historie of the Raigne of King Henry the Seventh, is one of the first analytical biographies in the English language setting a standard to be emulated. Taking sources such as Edward Halle, Bacon amplifies its narrative with circumstantial detail and anecdote, using a more colloquial style adding vivid and specific detail.
The Irish fighters in the battle of Stoke: ‘being almost naked men, onely armed with dartes and skeines, it was rather an execution then a fight upon them, in so much as the furious slaughter of them, was a great discouragement and appalement to the rest’.
His description of Henry’s coastal watch for Perkin Warbeck: ‘a careful eye where this Wandering Cloud would break’.
Remarks on peace negotiations: ‘upon the first graine of Incense, that was sacrificed upon the Altar of Peace at Bulloigne, Perkin was smoaked away’.
The traitor: ‘The Lord Audeley was ledd from Newgate to Tower-Hill in a paper Coate, painted with his owne Armes; the Armes reversed, the Coate torne: and at Tower-Hill beheaded’.
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A reading of our late member Susan Sheridan’s play, The Merry Wife of Wilton, featuring the circle of writers around Mary Sidney, led by Bacon and including Marlowe, is now available to watch online. Follow this link to watch the video: https://youtu.be/WLEUeTRLDI8
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