“My hour is almost come” speaks the ghost as he pleads with Hamlet to revenge his murder (Act 1, Scene V). These same words are spoken four-hundred years later by another ghost; a ghost who has waited centuries for the public to accept a woman behind the name William Shakespeare. But who was she? Thus begins the mystery of my book, The Lady of the Play.
Later in this website is an essay I wrote in 2006 expounding the notion that a woman would have been the logical choice even though there is a strong agreement among the “Oxfordian” crowd that Edward deVere, the 17th Earl of Oxford would better fit the profile necessary to write the plays and poetry attributed to William Shakespeare. After ten years of extensive research I have come to agree with this hypnoses with one major caveat, that deVere’s second wife, Elizabeth Trentham, is the better candidate who actually took the lead in their collaboration in creating the plays until his death in 1604. From that time on she was the sole author until her death in 1612, the year Wm Shaksper retired to his home in Stratford on Avon.
With research evidence my theory is correct, I have written a novel creating a fictional account of Elizabeth Trentham’s life from her childhood in Rocester, Staffordshire, her ten years as Maid of Honor for Queen Elizabeth I, her marriage to deVere, and her relationship with Wm Shaksper, a man whom she paid to front for her.
Along with the historical novel, I have included fictional contemporary chapters about Cynthia Parsons who searches for proof Elizabeth Trentham was the true Shake-spear. With every clue uncovered, the story reverts to a historical chapter.
I am seeking to publish this book this year.
The image above is Queen Elizabeth I or Countess of Oxford (nee Elizabeth Trentham)
The resemblance between Elizabeth Trentham and the Queen was so similar she would often have this favorite Maid of Honor replace her with foreign dignitaries. I have been unable to find a portrait of the countess and selected this one with the thought there could be confusion between portraits of the Queen and Elizabeth Trentham. The countess has been described as very comely and this is by far the prettiest of all the portraits attributed to Queen Elizabeth I.