Was Shakespeare a fraud?

I recently watched a very interesting film called ‘Annoymous’ in which it explores the notion that in fact William Shakespere was not a writer at all, but a bit of a loser a liar and a fraud.

There have been rumours flying around for years that he was not who he said he was, he was a woman and a murderer for examples, but this takes you through the storyline, that actually the plays were written by a nobleman, Edward De Vere, The Earl of Oxford.


Original Title: Anonymous
Language: English
Release Date: 28/10/2011
Runtime: 130 mins
Status: Released
Links: IMDb 

I love this poster, do you not?







Even though this film was released six years ago, it completely bypassed me, I stumbled across it and thought I had to watch it, it can be a tad confusing , as it does have a tendancy to jump around time wise, so you do have to keep your wits about you, what had me for a little while, is that different actors play the same charecter in different time zones of thier lives for example , The Earl of Oxford is played by the beautiful Jamie Campbell Bower as a young man and Rhys Ifans in his later years.

I will hold my hands up and say that I have never really been a fan of Shakespeare, thought it terribly boring at school and never really investigated his works since, but I do want to try and and aquaint myself and add a little literary culture to my life.

Not only does this film deal with theories, of this but of the theory that Queen Elizabeth had several bastard children and there are some pretty shocking revelations towards the end of the film.

I am in no way a film critic, but I can make up my mind wether I enjoyed a film or not and this I can say I surely did, it was atmospheric, full of intrigue and plot, jealousy and revenge and of course with a Tudor on the throne, the court was full of scheming courtiers and back stabbing.

There are alot of well known actors in this, which makes it feel homely, but I do sometimes spend a few moments away in my head trying to remember where I have seen that face before!

  • Have you seen this?
  • Would you like to?
  • What are your views on the rumours that Shakespeare was a fake?


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