Actually, the dedication page on the sonnets is a major problem for the Stratford tourist industry, as well as anyone trying to defend the Stratford Myth using common sense. This is why: 1. The sonnets are published in 1609.
2.Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, died in 1604. Will from Stratford was alive, and did not die until 1616.
3. There is NO DEDICATION by the author.. Then, more so than now, dedications were "gold", used as flattery to get a new patron, or to honor the patron who paid for the project with aristocratic sanction and prestige. So why no dedication by the poet?
4. Because the true author, Edward de Vere was DEAD.
5. The dedication describes the author as the "ever-living poet". Only the deceased are called that.
6. The dedication is to a mysterious Mr. W.H., which has confounded us since then.
7. Edward de Vere had a personal secretary, Anthony Munday, who allowed his nephew to run with poems sent to De Vere from a person who was in the tower of London, and was executed. William Hall, the nephew brokered them to the printer of the Sonnets, Thomas Thorpe. That we know. I believe the same thing happened to the Sonnets. William Hall was allowed to broker them to the printer, and in appreciation, Mr. W.H. received the dedication. Kindly note that the dedication talks about wishing him good fortune on his "new journey in life" or words to that effect. that is common terminology for someone getting married. Mr. William Hall was married in a church close to the area of printing and bookstores in 1608. That provides a plausible explanation for the enigmatic dedication in the Sonnets...
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