The Eye of Horus
The Eye of Horus

Journal Abstracts

Tired with a Peacock's Tail: All Eyes on the Upstart Crow
It is contended that the warning to three play-writing colleagues in Greene’s Groatsworth of Witte has never been evaluated with the dispassionate objectivity it deserves. This on account of its de facto status as the foundation stone of Shakespeare’s professional biography. While not underestimating the tenacious hold of a 240 year old tradition, this paper examines the evidence for a contrary viewpoint. A fresh investigation of the critical sentence that has been claimed to identify Shakespeare finds the evidence in his support weak. By comparison, a more substantial and coherent alternative case can presented for the actor-impresario Edward Alleyn. Considerable doubts are therefore raised as to whether Greene’s Groatsworth actually constitutes Shakespeare’s firstconfirmed appearance as an actor and playwright. A subsequent paper will examine how the theory of Alleyn being the target of attack fits in with the wider context of Greene’s pamphlet.


Marlowe and the Cabala: A Cabalistic and Numerological Subtext to Tamburlaine. A paper in two parts. The first part examines the background to Marlowe's use of Cabala and esoteric numerology. The Christian Kabbalah has been shown to have had a considerable influence on the other major writers of his generation and is likely to have been particularly well known to the author of Doctor Faustus, as this is a play in which two of the key exponents of Cabalistic philosophy, Giordano Bruno and Henry Cornelius Agrippa, exert a powerful presence. The second part examines Tamburlaine the Great from a cabalistic perspective. The analysis reveals a significant philosophical subtext to the play. The contention that the author may have incorporated further such symbolism by the related numerical means of gematria and notarikon is investigated and found to be well supported. An analysis of the numerological patterns emerging by these techniques sheds new light on the play.

Kit Marlowe Wrote Shakespeare’s Sonnets? This essay, which can be downloaded as a pdf file, was entered for the 2008 Calvin and Rose G Hoffman Prize. The critical evidence which is presented resides in a message woven into Shakespeare's Sonnets by acrostic means. The message is short, direct and unequivocal. It simply states, "Kit Marlowe Wrote This". If the message can be shown authentic, it provides an unanswerable case for Marlowe’s authorship of Shakespeare’s most personal work. The method by which the message may be authenticated rests upon the inscrutable laws of mathematics and geometry.




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