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Did Oxford Write A Conference About The Next Succession to The Crown of Ingland? Oxfordian Researcher Nina Green Posts Sections of A Conference and Suggests Oxford Wrote It

I thought I would take a moment to alert readers to this highly intriguing proposition being developed by noted Oxfordian researcher Nina Green that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, just might have been the author of a 1593 tract titled A Conference About the Next Succession to the Crown of Ingland.  This book is traditionally attributed to Robert Parsons but Nina Green has raised many legitimate questions about that attribution and has begun to build a very compelling case that the author of A Conference was writing in England, not abroad on the continent.  I won’t attempt to summarize the case for Oxford’s authorship here.  Please see the summary below written by Nina Green and check out her Oxxford-Shakespeare website for more detailed information about this very interesting topic.  Here’s a link to this section on Nina’s website followed by a summary that’s well worth reading. Best wishes, Matthew

From Nina Green’s Discussion of A Conference About the Next Succession:


When taken as a whole, the attributes of the author of A Conference — his complex sentence structure, clear expository style, and word coinages; his extensive legal knowledge; his encyclopaedic knowledge of history; his travels in Italy and Flanders; his intimate familiarity with the genealogy and history of members of the nobility; his adoption of the perspective of the nobility in A Conference, including his outrage at the ‘massacring’ of the nobility (among them an Earl of Oxford) by English kings, and, in contrast, his frequent references to the ‘vulgar people’ and the ‘vulgar sort of men’; his fluency in classical and foreign languages; his quotation of Ovid (nitimur in vetitum semper); his fascination with and knowledge of all things political, including taxes and impositions; his reference to the Magna Carta barons (among whom was Oxford’s ancestor, the 3rd Earl of Oxford); his knowledge of details of the accession of Queen Mary, which was supported by Oxford’s father, the 16th Earl; his allusion to the Sicilian Vespers, which Oxford also alluded to in a 1572 letter to his father-in-law, Lord Burghley; his comment on Lord Burghley’s preference for Arbella Stuart as successor to the Queen; his mention of the restoration in blood of the Earl of Arundel, son of Oxford’s first cousin, Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk — suggest that the author was Edward de Vere (1550-1604), 17th Earl of Oxford. Although evidence is found throughout A Conference, three particular points in Chapter VIII indicate Oxford’s authorship: the author’s fluency in languages other than English, his personal attitude to Don Antonio, and his use of the rare word ‘interessed’. Oxford was fluent in several languages, including Latin and Italian; he was appointed by the Queen to accompany Don Antonio when he left England (see Nelson, Alan, Monstrous Adversary, (Liverpool University Press, 2003), p. 274); and he used the rare word ‘interessed’. According to the OED, ‘interessed’ was first used in 1587 in Holinshed’s Chronicles; its second use was in A Conference. Oxford then used this rare word in a letter to his brother-in-law, Sir Robert Cecil, on 22 November 1601, making his usage of it only the third recorded usage: . . . . whereby shall ensue no prejudice unto any of the pretenders which suggest to be interessed in any of the said lands in regard that, if the Queen have no title, there passeth nothing to me. . . . and thus desiring you to bear with the weakness of my lame hand I take my leave from Hackney, this 22th of November, 1601.

Nina Green translates 16th earl’s inquisition post mortem

Nina Green reports that she has just completed a lengthy transcription and translation of the inquisition post mortem of Edward de Vere’s father: John de Vere, sixteenth Earl of Oxford. This and more primary source material is available at no cost on her website, The Oxford Authorship Site. This particular document is valuable because it shows the extent of the seventeenth earl’s inheritance. Nina said:

The English translation of the inquisition post mortem taken at Stratford Langthorne in Essex on 18 January 1563, five months after the death on 3 August 1562 of John De Vere, sixteenth Earl of Oxford is now on my website, along with a fairly lengthy summary in which I’ve explained and simplified two potentially very confusing issues.

The first is that the revenues for certain manors are put under slightly different headings in the inquisition post mortem and in WARD 8/13, and I’ve sorted that out for readers of the summary so that it’s clear that in the end the two documents provide the same figures, and that the totals in the two documents come within a few pence of each other.

I’ve also explained in the summary the structure of the inquisition post mortem, which appears haphazard on the surface, but takes the unusual form it does because of the 16th earl’s peculiar legal situation, which resulted from Somerset’s extortion against him in 1548 and the private Act of Parliament of 1552 by which Somerset’s extortion was rectified.

Latin transcription: http://www.oxford-shakespeare.com/Chancery/C_142-136-12%20Lat.pdf

English translation: http://www.oxford-shakespeare.com/Chancery/C_142-136-12%20Eng.pdf

Update 2/16/10:
Readers may contact Nina Green at <mailto:devere@telus.net>

“Anonymous” filming begins March 2010

Film producer Roland Emmerich will begin filming Anonymous, (AKA Soul of the Age) a $28-million film about the Shakespeare authorship question in March 2010. Oxfordian researcher Robert Detobel said the announcement appeared this morning in the Berliner Morganpost in an interview by Peter Beddies: “Roland Emmerich dreht Shakespeare in Babelsberg” (Roland Emmerich shooting Shakespeare in Babelsberg). According to Detobel’s translation of the Morganpost interview that appeared on Nina Green’s e-mail list, Emmerich will film Anonymous before beginning work on his next blockbuster movie, titled 2012.

“Now I have jumped again on the debate about Shakespeare perhaps not being the author of the works ascribed to him, and that will be the stuff of my next movie. It will not be a big production. Rather a little pretty thriller,” Emmerich said.

The original article appears at:

Nina Green’s website is at: http://www.oxford-shakespeare.com/index.html

Cecil papers online

Oxfordian researcher Nina Green reports that the Calendar of Cecil Papers is now online at British History Online at:

“This online Calendar is a really valuable resource,” Green said. “There are many documents at Hatfield House which few Oxfordians apart from B.M. Ward have ever seen, and having a summary of each document online in this Calendar makes it easy for us to identify which documents concern Oxford, and order copies of them.”

Green recommends sending complete information when ordering materials.

“When ordering copies of documents from Hatfield House identified through the Calendar at British History Online, it might be a good idea to cut and paste the entire entry for the document, so that Hatfield House can identify which one is wanted,” Green said.

Update 2/16/10:
Readers may contact Nina Green at <mailto:devere@telus.net>.