Appendix ANone of the records from Will Shakspere's lifetime that are cited
by Stratfordians, as evidence of his supposed acting career are
theater records. His name, in whatever spelling, does not appear
in cast lists, records of payment to actors, or diaries of theater
managers. The records cited by Stratfordians are government records, literary allusions, two wills, and a joke.There are four citations in government documents:
Records of Will Shakespere's Theater
|1. ||In 1595, a record of payment to Will Kemp, Will Shakespeare, and Richard Burbage of the Lord Chamberlain's Men
acting company for two performances before the queen. Oxfordians suggest, however, that the record is suspect and possibly
fraudulent ( Ogburn, 65-66). The court record has the three men
acknowledging payment for performances several months earlier, on Innocents Day and St. Stephen's Day, 1594, from the
widow of the queen's treasurer. The widow had inherited her
late husband's accounts, which were, the queen wrote her, seriously in arrears and due immediately. The widow, moreover,
was the mother of the third earl of Southampton, to whom Shakespeare had dedicated the two narrative poems. Small
world. Schoenbaum skips this aspect but does note a problem:|
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Book title: Shakespeare--Who Was He?The Oxford Challenge to the Bard of Avon.
Contributors: Richard F. Whalen - Author.
Place of publication: Westport, CT.
Publication year: 1994.
Page number: 133.
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