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Captain Bernard Mordaunt Wards
A HUNDRETH SUNDRIE FLOWRES From the Original
Edition of 1573
Captain Bernard Mordaunt Ward’s A
Hundreth Sundrie Flowres From the Original Edition of
1573 -- Third edition edited, annotated,
amplified and illustrated by Ruth Loyd Miller, Editor. 398 pp
A Hundreth Sundrie Flowres was first published anonymously in 1573 with a Latin Posie Meritum petere, grave, on the title page where an author’s name ordinarily appeared. Two years later the contents of A H S F were rearranged, altered, and published as The Posies of George Gascoigne. In 1576, copies of Posies (not of A H S F) were confiscated by Her Majestys Commissioners. Clearly something was amiss. Literary editors, however, have chosen to ignore the significance of Posies omissions, additions and differences from A H S F. A H S F passed into literary bibliography as the work of the soldier-of-fortune George Gascoigne and, for what on its face it appeared to be, a collection of innocent verses and narrative tales.
In his 1926 edition of A H S F, Ward rejected the commonly received idea that A H S F was written by Gascoigne and advanced the theory that A H S F was in fact compiled, edited and contributed to by Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford.
In a 1926 edition of A H S F, Captain Bernard M. Ward advanced the theory that:
Ward concluded, "The full story of Flowres remains to be told." During the following years he unearthed and published biographical and historical data bearing on the matter. In this 2nd edition of A Hundreth Sundrie Flowres Wards later articles and discoveries are collated by Ms Miller with Wards earlier 1926 work.
From historical, manuscript, allegorical, and allusive references from the political and social relationships of the times Ms Miller has shaped a fascinating picture of Elizabeths court, illuminating the shadowy foreground of the Shakespearean era. She spotlights the intrigues, jealousies, political schemes, and social etiquettes of the time. Rivalries for the Queens favor and for advancement at court set the scene for the struggles for power between the arrivistes, of which Hatton was front-runner, and the feudal aristocracy, for which the scion of that "ancient and Very family of Vere" was standard bearer.
|"Shakespeare" Identified in Edward de
Vere & Poems
of Edward deVere
|Hidden Allusions in Shakespeare's Plays||A Hundreth Sundrie Flowres||Shakespeare Revealed in Oxford's Letters||Seventeenth Earl of Oxford|
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