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Details updated on 24 December 2016
his stable of.bards
« William Shakespeare was an
ingenious theatrical entrepreneur, but he was
not the sole author of works bearing his name.
The plays stem
from a collaborative effort
involving the finest playwrights and poets as
well as the royal court. Ben Jonson played ... »¹
Prince Charles in 2011: "It seems
certain that Shakespeare and his King
must have known each other well". - Of
course they did, so this statement must hint to
a deeper explanation of their relationship (Mary
Stuart, Queen of Scots?).
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Scholars of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT) support
Icons of Europe's findings: "None of Shakespeare’s
plays is the product of an isolated genius".²
Icons of Europe concludes: «
There is every reason to celebrate the theatrical
entrepreneur Shakespeare and his entourage and set
the record straight.
Evidence by First Folio of 1623, Ben
Jonson, Westminster Abbey and scholars of SBT.
Ref. also third-party
analysis of SBT's 60.Q/A.
Shakespeare's 450 years in 2014
Shakespeare's 400 years in 2016
Published 30 October 2011
International Herald Tribune:
« An open-minded debate of Shakespeare’s identity could
lead to important benefits ...
“The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.” »
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Scholars have not been
able to determine with certainty whether the above
portrait really depicts William Shakespeare (1564-1616),
nor who painted it. - Cecilia Jorgensen, Icons of Europe
has in late 2011 developed a rationale for whom it
actually could portray.
[Ben Jonson] tribe’s argument
"who cares?!" implies the
non-existence of any sole or true author. It also
dismisses the value of genuine knowledge. -
Icons of Europe
² "The idea of a
single artistic mind presiding over a whole body of
works is at odds with the very nature of professional
theatre" - scholar replying to
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
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King James (1566-1625)
“Our ignorance of history
causes us to slander our own times.” /
"Notre ignorance de
l'histoire nous fait calomnier notre temps."
Flaubert à George Sand (1871)
whose heritage?" - letter by Icons of Europe
published in the IHT/NYT (2004).