Literacy or the Lack of It in Shakspere's
If you've seen Much
Ado About Something you'll know that one of the main reasons I became a
doubter about Shakspere's authorship of Shakespeare's works is the circle of
illiteracy that surrounded him within his own family. Not only where his parents
and wife illiterates, but his children were also illiterate. This
astonishing fact is more than a reasonable person can tolerate. No one who
wrote works likes these would have allowed his own children to mature as
illiterates. In all fairness the process of acquiring literacy in his
household would have been turbocharged and the children would have learned
without tutors or schooling, simply who observation.
Scholars have many examples of period literacy
amongst males and females. It is certainly true that illiteracy would not
be unexpected in a Stratford home, but not within a literate Stratford
home. And Shakspere's home was the most literate home in Stratford, if,
that is, he was the author.
Indeed Judith, who scholars know was unable to
sign her own name, was a twin, a twin whose brother Hamnet, didn't died until he
was eleven. Twins generally model on each other so her certified illiteracy
suggest that Hamnet
would have been illiterate also.
Of course it is impossible to prove a
negative. So we freely admit that our conclusion is merely based on the
evidence. To date no one has offered any evidence that any of Shakspere's
significant others were literates and there is much evidence against it.
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