- Dec 16, 2017
- Land of Smiles
- Basic Beliefs
Did WAB ever give his interpretation of "Will. Monox with his great dagger"? Or "Thy will shakes spears"?
London's playwrights wrote about each other in letters. Clearly "Monox with his great dagger" is a cryptic reference. Almost surely it refers to Edward de Vere. Anyone who doubts this much is simply under-informed. Cryptic references to a person were sometimes used in insults, but here no insult appears; instead it was common courtesy to keep the name of a playwright hidden if he was also a Peer of the Realm. Again, anyone who doubts that would be common courtesy is simply ignorant.
So far so good. But why is Edward de Vere apparently given the nickname "Will" ?
In 1580 or thereabouts Oxford wanted to hire a literary assistant (amanuensis etc.) and Gabriel Harvey wanted the job. He wrote a very flattering letter to Oxford (and probably read it aloud during Her Majesty's Progress); the letter included the sentence "Thy will shakes spear(s)"*. That this was Stratford's very name might be a pointless coincidence, but it might not.
* = The letter was actually in Latin. It might be probable that the particular "Will Shake-spear" translation was never in print prior to the 20th century — I don't know. The standard Anti-Oxfordian response is to tout alternate translations of the Latin, but "Will Shake-spear" is the translation found with wiktionary.org . (great site)