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There are no records of payment to Shakespeare in Stratford because the payments were made in London. And S. was on the roll of tax offenders for two years running during his most prosperous period -- which tells us not only that the payments were made and recorded, but also that even the authorities knew about them. (Aside from telling us that S. had the same attitude to paying taxes as most of the rest of us have these days ...) Does she address this at all?
BrokenTune 3 years ago
She does, but then comes back to the odd argument that no records means no proof. So, my point is that this is a fallacy repeated throughout the book because the records she's looking for do not exist while she ignores the records that do exist.
BrokenTune 3 years ago
Or rather, she doesn't ignore the records that do exists but her grounds for doubting the existing records are very narrow and, imo, unreasonable and unjustified.
It's also nonsense to look for records in Stratford for things that should have been -- AND WERE -- properly and duly recorded in London.
BrokenTune 3 years ago
Yup.
Chris' Fish Place 3 years ago
Actually, Shakespeare is better documented than most of his contempories So I never understood the anti-Stratfordians.
Exactly ...!
BrokenTune 3 years ago
Because they are nutters. Some of them certified. ;)
Chris' Fish Place 3 years ago
Some of them are even named Nutter. I was so disappointed that Derek Jacobi supported the Oxford branch of nutcases.
BrokenTune 3 years ago
Yeah, me too. But as I said before, even Derek Jacobi is only human. I still love him regardless of his views as an Oxfordian.
Chris' Fish Place 3 years ago
True
Elentarri's Book Blog 3 years ago
Yes, you can enjoy a book and disagree with it/the author. Basically, if it's decently written and provides new information or something to think about, then you can enjoy it or find it good without agreeing with the hypothesis or disagreeing with minor points.

BTW - does it make a difference who wrote all the Shakespeare stuff so long as we have it now to enjoy? Just imagine all the karfuffle if the guy had used a penname instead.