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Commentary by Lawrence Gerald
On their website, one ardent believer in the Stratford fairy tale raises the rhetorical question (while providing his common sense answer) :
"How do we know that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare? We know because the historical record tells us so, strongly and unequivocally. The historical evidence demonstrates that one and the same man, William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon, was William Shakespeare the player, William Shakespeare the Globe-sharer, and William Shakespeare the author of the plays and poems that bear his name ...."
However, this is not the truth of the matter once you discover the
intended Great Plan of Francis Bacon and his Shakespeare Authorship.
It's now time to to ask those famous koans all over again, "What's
in a Name?, What is Truth? and for a
moment&emdash; maybe best to suspend
answering and just be in the questions.
In a common sense universe with the name 'William Shakespeare" appearing on printed matter most folks would naturally believe this would be sufficient evidence as to identifying the actual author. But using face-value evidence to demonstrate Truth is a trap of the mind. Bacon, as the philosopher, warned us about the inherent cultural deficiencies that coexist in the discovery of truth and learning with his notion of the Four Idols. In the world of experience, by trial and error, we discover the menu is not the meal., the map should not be confused with the territory, and an author's name does not necessarily represent his actual identity.
On the other hand we have reports from December-January of 1594-5, in which Francis Bacon was called in to assist in "recovering the lost honor of Grays Inn," the law school, which had suffered by a previous miscarriage of a certain Christmas revel or masque called The Order of the Helmet , Gesta Grayorum or the Prince of Purpool. Then on December 28th these wonderful revels culminated with the first performance of a Comedy of Errors. The play was never produced to the law students as Shakespeare's but as Francis Bacon's even though Bacon's name does not appear upon the face of the narratives, it was quite obvious he was directly responsible for these successful theatrical performances. Witnesses hailed Bacon (John Chamberlain, an eye witness, describes the performance as "a masque, of which Sir Francis Bacon was the chief contriver") with accolades which were recorded after the festivities had ended. So a pattern of anonymity as a playwright can be historically observed while Bacon was attending Grays Inn.
Now follows an amusing example, which serves in demonstrating to our Stratfordian friends the fallacy of accepting face value 'evidence' as a basis for truth.
special thanks to D.W.C for the idea