1. The Shakespeare Authorship Question2. The real Shakespeare3. The Neville heritage4. Becoming William Shakespeare, 1582-945. The road to the top, 1595-996. Ambassador to France, 1599-16007. The catastrophe, 1601-038. Freedom and disappointment, 1603-089. Towards closure: the last plays, the Sonnets and the parliamentary 'Undertaker', 1609-1510. Life after death: the First Folio and the apotheosis of Shakespeare11. Documentary evidence: analyses and Shakespearean parallelsAppendices1. Commendatory verses and the three suns2. Sir Henry Neville and the Essex rebellion3. Sir Henry Neville's voyage to France, and its double4. A review of Shakespeare and the Founders of Liberty in America5. Genealogical notes6. The chronology of Shakespeare's works
New and compelling evidence on the identity of Shakespeare that has rocked the literary world.
Brenda James has pursued a life-long interest in Shakespeare and gained a First Class Honours degree in Cultural Studies from PortsmouthUniversity. Professor William Rubinstein is Professor of Modern History at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has published widely on many aspects of modern history.
Remarkable, intriguing, and provocative It may prove to be a landmark book of genuine world-wide importance.' Professor John Spiers, Universityof Glamorgan This is a pioneering book. I can't imagine that any scholar or student, actor or enthusiast of Shakespeare will be able to ignore it. I for one welcome and celebrate this book not only for its discoveries and clear style of expression, but for the wonderful partnership of a University professor and an independent scholar which gave it birth.' Mark Rylance, Actor, Artistic Director Shakespeare's Globe 1996-2005 and Chairman of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust "Till now, where Shakespeare authorship is concerned, I have always been a sceptic; it seemed to me attributing Shakespeare to anyone else, one had to make a good case for him not to be the actor from Stratford. This book has convinced me that whoever wrote the plays, it was not the Stratford man and the case for Sir Henry Neville is by far the strongest I have as yet encountered." John Julius Norwich, Author, Scholar and Broadcaster