Steven Sabel talks the Oxfordian Shakespeare case, and resources for further investigation.

Steven Sabel is the host of the terrific Oxfordian-themed Shakespeare podcast Don’t Quill the Messenger.

Both he and I are Oxfordians, and we dedicated an hour to outlining the Oxfordian case and the evidence that pushed both of us over the line of doubt.

If you are interested in exploring this further, I recommend the following:

First, subscribe to Steven’s podcast. Many of the scholars listed below have appeared on his show, and Steven’s love for the topic is infectious. I love every episode of this show.

The Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship website is loaded with insightful and useful information on deVere and the authorship questions, and you can watch lectures and presentations from Oxfordians (including Steven) on their YouTube channel.

Hank Whittemore’s 100 Reasons Why Shake-speare was the Earl of Oxford. Whittemore is a terrific Oxfordian scholar, and this book remains the most concise and convincing reference source for anyone on the fence. Hank’s blog is also a great resource.

If you’re looking for a more academically rigorous, enthralling page-turner of a book, Katherine Chiljan’s superb Shakespeare Suppressed is for you. Chiljan focuses on how and why deVere was nearly erased from history. You can see a talk she gave on the subject to the SOF here.

If you’re feeling ambitious and want to go back to where it all started, J. Thomas Looney’s century-old work Shakespeare Identified is still available. Some of Looney’s conclusions are no longer necessarily the mainstream Oxfordian narrative, but his work was the breakthrough for Oxfordianism.

The Frontline episode mentioned on the podcast – the gateway drug for so many Oxfordians – is available on YouTube and included here:

Lastly, I encourage you to watch the lecture that ultimately convinced me, given by the late actor, lawyer, and Oxfordian Tom Regnier, who lost his life to Covid-19 a year ago. His SOF obituary can be found here, and watch the memorial highlight reel of Tom’s talks, put together by the SOF, here: Remembering Tom Regnier

DISINFORMATION PART 2 – Visual References

Population density map of modern Russia

Map showing St. Petersburg and Ekaterinburg

The Romanov Family Tree

Family connections of Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra (Alix of Hesse), and George V

George V and Nicholas II, 1890

The Romanov sisters (from left) Maria, Tatiana, Anastasia (circled), and Olga, with Alexei (seated)

Rasputin, c. 1905 – roughly ten years prior to his murder

Rasputin’s appearance in Anti-Tsarist propaganda

Examples of Russian anti-Semitic propaganda. Images of Rasputin lean heavily into the same tropes.

Franziska Schanzkowska (“Anna Anderson”/”Anastasia”) and the actual Anastasia Romanov

S2E7 Correction!

At the end of episode 7, I point out that the bodies of Anastasia and Alexei were buried at a different site from the rest of the family.

The consensus now is that the two bodies were those of Alexie and Maria.

It is not clear why this would be Maria and not Anastasia, but one possible explanation is that the Bolsheviks couldn’t distinguish between the two girls, and simply wanted to leave open the possibility that Alexei and one of the daughters survived. They may simply have confused the two girls.

Either way, this was all done prior to the availability of DNA evidence, and so the number (and relative size) of the bodies was all that mattered if one wished to plant the seed that the youngest two Romanov children were still out there somewhere.