While watching a programme about the times of The Tudor monarchs and William Shakespeare, the academic Doctor, (I believe she is an anthropologist) who was the programme’s commentating expert, said of William Shakespeare, “he didn’t leave much behind”.

That has got to be a saying of the week.

There might be a bunch of conspiracy theorists who would very much agree with what she said.



  1. Obviously she meant apart from the plays, which may or may not have been written by him, although I think they probably were, in most part anyway. I think there’s a will that goes on about second best beds, and very little else to document his life. Most of what you hear at Stratford is Victorian hype and tourist propaganda.

  2. Someone should ask her what she meant…..Otherwise speculation might continue about what she meant – as much as speculation continues about…whether Shakespeare DID write the plays πŸ™„ ‘Experts on the authorship’ seem to come two-a-penny….;)

  3. You would hope that she meant ‘apart from the plays’, whoever is believed to have written the bits or bulk of them. Though this little but important point was not clarified.

    I have heard details of part of Will’s will; there is also some documenting of WS’ life as a lodger in London. A court case of the time, I think it may have been to do with a debt, (not Shakespeare’s debt) also sheds some light on his alleged movements. His brother’s grave stone in Southwark Cathedral should tell serious historians something, I would think.

  4. Interestingly, the ‘disputed authorship’ of Shakespeare’s plays provides good sport and keeps him in the public eye, rather than the conspiracy theorists themselves. That apart, there’s no smoke without fire.

  5. What did he do ?… That is THE question…

    … I remember… He wakes up, he yawns, he scratch testicles… And he threads its slippers… He make number one while he sing “Singing in the rain, singing in the rain”… After, I don’t remember… :)) :))

  6. Well, he left a lot behind in terms of literature, influence on the English language, tourism etc. But he also manages to remain an enigma. A fascinating subject, and much preferable to these days of ‘celebrity exposture’.

  7. Toubib or not toubib that’s the question… :))

    ( Toubib is a Doctor in popular French… )

    Pronunciation : (To be)b

    Anyhow, Sheakespeare was ! Sheakespeare has been ! That’s the only answer !… :)) :))

  8. I mostly agree with what you say. I must add though, that the commentator, an intelligent lady, would, I am sure, seen the amusing element of her comment.

    I thought of you today as I ate half a generous home-made scone with pre-loaded jam and loads of whipped cream.

  9. There must be many people who agree with you…I am not sure I would regard it as a ‘major element’….Not ‘speculation’….there is certainly much more than mere speculation on the authorship of such a ‘body’ of literature; as it is….the corpus is almost eponymous!

  10. Actually Tylluan, as the commentator is a well-qualified anthropologist, you might be nearer the truth than you think!

    An historian, is likely to have qualified the point. However,
    the commentator, a lovely lady, made a delightful faux pas which, even she, as an intelligent person is likely to appreciate. Perhaps, she thought that the visual context was enough, even though she was leaving it well behind when the comment was made.

  11. Whoever was involved in the production of the material, it is an important body of work. History if full of authorships that are not quite as they seem, a number are even more than they appear. It is all quite fascinating.

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