I’ve just watched the controversial film Anonymous, released last year in 2011.
This is the story of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford (1550-1604), set in the years before the royal succession in 1603, with flash-backs to the hero’s early life.
Oxford starts out at the court of Elizabeth I, is forced to marry into the Cecil family after committing murder, has an affair with the queen and makes her pregnant, eventually delivers on his early literary promise by writing a series of popular plays (for which William Shakespeare is paid to take the credit), plots against the Scots succession to the throne, and ends his life in failure.
What I got was a dramatisation of the Oxfordian theory on the authorship of the most powerful literature in history. And a rehash of the slurs on the Virgin Queen’s virginity.
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