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Derran Charlton’s Tribute to Professor Michael Brame

Derran Charlton wrote the following tribute to Professor Michael Brame.  It was first published on Nina Green’s Phaeton listserv and is reprinted here with the permission of the author.  Matthew

Nina, et al:

Your sad news relating to the death of professor Michael Brame comes as a terrible shock to all Oxfordians. Michael was deeply versed in the sciences and the arts. He had been a constant source of inspiration and encouragement.
My heartfelt sorrow goes out to Galina and their children.
Michael was most generous in all that he did. I gladly recall that he unhesitatingly and successfully recommended me as a Reader at the Bodleian.
I first met both professors Michael and Galina in Carmel many years ago, and was truly amazed when they told me that between them they were fluent in 40 languages. They kindly invited me to speak to their students during the coming days, but sadly I could not take advantage of their kindness as I was immediately en route to Washington D.C. Their knowledge of Tudor England -especially Oxford- was beyond comparison.
One of my all-time favorite Oxfordian books is Michael and Galina`s Shakespeare`s Fingerprints. The generous reviews included:
`The arguments are cogent and ought to go a long way towards convincing the general public, or at least that part that cares about authorship attribution`. Professor Jack Hoeksema, University of Groningen, Holland.
`The arguments are very clear, cohesive and convincing. Made me feel like reading more`.
Professor Yasukuni Takano, University of Nagasaki, Japan.
`This is huge!` Professor Sharon Hargus, University of Washington.
`A work of linguistic love!` Professor Rafael Escribano, Puerto Rico.
Michael taught in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa and had been a professor at the University of Washington for more than three decades. He is the author of several technical books and the editor of Linguistic Analysis, a linguistic periodical with international circulation.
Galina Popova is a professional linguist and affiliate professor at the University of Washington. She studied language and literature at the Leningrad State University in the former Soviet Union and received her Ph.D. in the U.S.
In true sadness.
Derran (Charlton)

Derran Charlton Remembers His Longtime Friend and Fellow Oxdordian Verily Anderson

My friend Derran Charlton was kind enough to submit the following words of remembrance upon the passing of his longtime dear friend and fellow Oxfordian, Verily Anderson. Derran has submitted a longer article for publication in the Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter. Readers may want to refer to this link to read Derran’s article published in the Oberon Shakespeare Study Group online newsletter. http://oberonshakespearestudygroup.blogspot.com/2010/07/oxfordian-verily-anderson-paget-passes.html

By Derran Charlton

It is with the deepest regret that I notify readers of the passing from nature to eternity of Verily Anderson Paget, aged 95.

Verily died at home, in her own bed. A true blessing. I was speaking to her only yesterday.

Verily confirmed that she was to visit her doctor, who would “probably congratulate her on her excellent good health!” She was extremely robust, and was awarded a cycling award by Prince Charles. Also the Charlton Ogburn Jr award for Oxfordianism. One of Verily`s many enthusiasms was to walk her guide-dog, Alfie, through her glorious woodlands most days.

Verily must have been the oldest surviving Oxfordian, having been introduced to Oxfordianism by her first husband over 70 years ago; in fact her husband, a playwright, poet, player, and play-producer had been a
friend and colleague of John Thomas Looney

Verily`s close friends/relations ranged from Royalty, Archbishops, Statesmen, Military Leaders, Lords Leiutenants, winners of Victoria Crosses, and Nobel Peace Prizes.

Her first-cousin was Walter Falcon Scott — the famous “Scott of the Antarctic.” Charles Darwin was a g.g.g. uncle. Florence Nightingale was a g.g.g. aunt. One of her cousins owned the Elizabethan house that originally belonged to Sir Horatio Vere, at
Tilbury-juxta-Clare. Her traceable family ancestry dated from 932.

Verily was the joint-Patron of the D.V.S., together with Sir Derek Jacobi. She was also a prolific writer having written 53 published books and films, including her Oxfordian endeavor The de Veres of Castle Hedingham. Only yesterday she told me that she had just completed her 53rd book A History of Herstmonceaux Castle for the University of Canada.

Verily leaves four daughters and one son Edward, who was deliberately named in honor of Edward de Vere and christened at the same 1563 church in Stoke Newington where Henry de Vere, 18th earl of Oxford, had been christened.

Her death has come as a tremendous shock to all who were truly blessed by her extraordinary life and personality.

A true Lady has passed our way. We are all deeply inspired and most grateful.

Charlton speculates on Greville monument connectons to Oxford

Derran Charlton reports from England about the inspection of Fulke Greville’s monument at Collegiate Church of St. Mary, Warwick:

Professor James Stevens Curl of Cambridge University has discovered what he claims to be powerful evidence that Fulke Greville had several manuscripts buried in his ornate memorial. This is no idle speculation. A radar scan of the monument that stands in the chapter house of the Collegiate Church of St. Mary, Warwick, has revealed three “box-like” objects that are sealed within. Researchers have also uncovered evidence suggesting that the remaining two boxes might contain a previously unseen biography of James I and appreciating that Greville`s most famous work is his Life of the Renowned Sr. Philip Sidney, the priceless literary remains of Sir Philip Sidney. But that is, perhaps, wishful thinking.

In an article titled “A murdered spy and coded messages from beyond the grave . . . Will opening this tomb prove Shakespeare didn’t write his plays?” by Richard Price published February 11, 2010 in the London daily Mail Online, Curl said:

“Until we look inside we cannot know for sure what it is. What is absolutely certain is that the size, cost and magnificence of the monument are intended to speak to us. There are plenty of clues about what it might be, and they suggest this is an incredibly exciting find.”

The discovery has resulted in great excitement, with academics positing that the boxes may contain the holy-grail of English dramatic history — an original manuscript of a Shakeseare play.

The initial search, using ground penetrating radar, has been approved by the local diocese. Under the expert guidance of Professor Rodwell the team of investigators now want to use an endoscope – a tiny video camera on a long thin tube, similar to the type commonly used in surgical procedures.

In a major development last week, Chancellor Stephen Eyre of the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Coventry granted permission for an endoscope to be used to examine the monument. A stringent set of conditions have stipulated that the work must be carried out within the next few months. However, those involved expect the work to begin, almost certainly, with the next six weeks.

Greville, four years younger than Oxford, was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1554, ten years before the official birth date of Shaksper. Greville and Shaksper lived on the same street.

According to a mid-seventeenth century biography Greville wished to be known to posterity as Shakespeare`s master. (See Note.)

Greville spent the equivalent of £300,000 on his monument, but his body was placed in the crypt below the church – not in the monument itself. Ben Jonson referred to his friend William Shakespere as “a monument without a tombe”, a precise description of Greville`s monument.

Although Curl posits Greville as a candidate for Shakespeare’s work, I do not think that non-Oxfordians are aware of the possible Oxford connections:

I have always been fascinated by the fact that Sir Fulke Greville (1554-1628), poet, renowned scholar, statesman, soldier, spy, judge, and Army captain, was appointed by Queen Elizabeth as treasurer of the navy, and that James I made Greville chancellor of the exchequer in 1614 and granted him Warwick Castle.

I was particularly interested by the fact that Greville purchased King`s Place (previously known as Kingshold) and re-named Brooke House by Greville following the death of Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford who had resided there. I speculate that Shakesperean documents might have been located there following the death of the earl, and that they may later have been acquired by Greville.

Appreciating that no Shakespearean manuscripts are extant, and appreciating that Oxford most probably wrote them and constantly polished them until his death in 1604, I reasoned that it is not beyond possibility that manuscripts could have been located at King’s Place.

Derran Charlton

The title and author of the biography in which Greville referred to Shake-speare’s master was: Statesmen and Favourites of England since the Reformation, 1665, by David Lloyd. The full quote is: “He desired to be known to posterity under no other notions than of Shakespeare’s and Ben Johnson’s master, Chancellor Egerton’s patron, and Sir Philip Sidney’s friend.” The quote that “He lived on Shaksper’s street in Stratford.” is from The Master of Shakespeare by A.W.L. Saunders.

September SOS news out this week

The September 2009 issue of the Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter will be mailed this week. This hefty, 48-page issue features:

· scholarly articles listed below,
· John Shahan’s response to skeptic Michael Shermer’s challenge in Scientific American also available on the SOS blog at: https://shakespeareoxfordsociety.wordpress.com/2009/08/02/shahans-letter-to-shermer-the-skeptic/
· updates on Cheryl Eagan-Donovan’s film project, “Nothing is Truer than Truth”,
· and the Paul Altrocchi and Hank Whittemore multi-volume project Building the Case for Edward deVere as Shakespeare also available on the SOS blog at: https://shakespeareoxfordsociety.wordpress.com/2009/07/04/altrocchiwhittemore-build-the-case/
· as well as news items and reviews by Richard Whelan and Stephanie Hughes.

Scholarly articles include:
· Marie Merkel’s “Ben Jonson and The Tempest” – was the play by Shakespeare?
· Derran Charlton’s “Edward de Vere as Henry IV” – was Oxford on the stage?
· William Ray’s “Proofs of Oxfordian Authorship in the Shakespearean Apocrypha” – did Oxford ghost for Anne Vavasour?
· Robert Prechter’s “Sombody We Know Is behind No-body and Some-body” – was de Vere writing plays long before Shakespeare appeared on the scene?

Hardcopy of the newsletter is available as a benefit of Shakespeare-Oxford Society membership. Support SOS by joining online at:

SOS membership also includes hardcopy of the SOS annual journal, The Oxfordian — a new issue of The Oxfordian is due out in time for the SF/SOS joint conference in Houston November 5-8, 2009.

Newsletter articles from all issues since January 1999 through the current issue (after a brief six-week embargo) are available free online through local, university, and state libraries under the Academic OneFile listing.

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Linda Theil, Editor
Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter