Documentary of the Shakespeare authorship question

In my earlier post on the question of the debate over whether William Shakespeare was the Bard, I forget to mention a 2012 documentary that I saw on this question called Last Will. and Testament.

It was pretty interesting. While presenting all sides of this debate in the context of the personal and political conflicts of those times, the documentary tends to take a skeptical attitude to the question of Shakespeare being the Bard and spends some time on Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, and a group of authors as the most viable alternative.

Here’s the trailer.


  1. rupert says

    As far as I am aware there are no surviving copies of any working drafts of Shakespeare’s plays -- not in Will’s possesion nor in the possession of anyh of the so-called alternative authors. As far as I am concerned, Shakespeare wrote the works (and acted in them) and also wrote the Sonnets and the rest is just striving for publicity and useless chatter.

    And as for Mr Tarica, I prefer to draw a veil of silence.

  2. rupert says

    Who is the ‘you’ Mr Tarica refers to in his post? As he is a software engineer, perhaps he is referring to his computer?

  3. John Morales says

    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other word would smell as sweet.”

  4. rupert says

    I draw attention (for those who are interested) to the following article (2015), published by the Association for Psychological Science.

    Shakespeare’s plays reveal his psychological signature. Applying psychological theory and text-analyzing software, researchers have discovered a unique psychological profile that characterises Shakespeare’s established works, and this profile strongly identifies Shakespeare as an author of the long-contested play Double Falsehood. Although this is not directly concerned with the rest of the works, it does give a hint as to his writing capacity based on his stylometric profile. So perhaps he is not quite the ignoramus that Mr Tarica might want to make him out to be.

  5. sonofrojblake says


    Certain do not care about the thoughts of obvious imbeciles.

    And I certain [sic] do not care about the thoughts of people who can’t form an adverb.

    @11: shut up and fuck off.

  6. John Morales says

    @11: shut up and fuck off.

    I had done so, until this attempted jab.

    (Well done, you made me speak out and come back!)

  7. Holms says

    “Made” you? Right, because you have no power to resist the siren call of an argument. Telling admission.

  8. John Morales says

    To what argument do you mean to refer, Holms?

    (Not the provenance of Shakespeare’s corpus, that’s for sure)

  9. Holms says

    An argument, any thread. Argument qua argument. See also bickering, nitpicking, language word games and so on. It is rare for you to resist the call.

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