Breech birth: “sent before my time”

Richard III:  “Now is the winter of our discontent”  

Lines 16 – 32: Richard III, Winter, Richard's (Vere's) description of himselfFig. 1

   Consensus states Richard III was likely written about 1591 – 1592, about a year or so before the first appearance of the name “Shakespeare”.  The first frontispiece of the play has a date of 1597, some five years after it was probably written.

   Significantly for me, the 1591-92 date is when Edward de Vere was about 42 years old and Elizabeth I was still living.  The play itself is at least thematically driven by the machinations of political power, aspirations for total control, the use of treachery and deceit, the expense of thousands of souls to achieve personal and political goals, at a time when arguably the strongest dictatorship in the English-speaking world at the time is led by Elizabeth I,  a direct descendant of Henry VII.

   I believe it is relatively accurate that writers write what they know and have experienced.  What they write is not a one-for-one correspondence.  Fact and fiction mix to produce a kind of hybrid, an impression, an imprint of one’s experiences.  Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) had extensive experience with life on the Mississippi River, and wrote about it.  Nathaniel Hawthorne was haunted by his paternal great-grandfather’s participation in the Salem witchcraft trials, and wrote about it in  his novel, The Scarlet Letter.  John Steinbeck wrote about his life in the Salinas Valley in California, about Cannery Row in Monterey, just a few miles away, and as about the Great Depression of 1920’s America in The Grapes of Wrath.  Ernest Hemingway’s experiences with war produced such masterpieces as For Whom the Bells Toll and The Sun Also Rises.

   The list need not be extended, as what I am saying is well-known and obvious.  What I am getting at, though, is that one of the reasons much of the Shakespeare canon exists and was written before the formal appearance of the playwright we call “Shakespeare” was, I believe, somewhat the act of a frustrated, controlled, manipulated, rageful young man (Edward de Vere, 17th Earle of Oxenforde) who was cheated and betrayed multiple times by deceitful and often murderous (consider the case of Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, arch-villain and notorious poisoner) members of the Elizabeth Court, and by Elizabeth I as well.  Therefore, when I read the opening lines of Richard III, I hear Edward de Vere’s self-loathing, and a near clinical description of his rage and homicidal ideation.

   The question is, then, did Edward de Vere plant signature after signature in his textual plaintexts, saying to those in the know, and to those in  years and centuries to come, what he knew about the historical Richard III?  He obviously had access to state papers as Lord Chamberlain, and likely placed his knowledge of Richard III in his play, in both the plaintexts and their respective ciphertext language.  And what of the Princes in the Tower?  To my mind, the two princes represent both Edward de Vere and Henry Wriothesley, his son by Elizabeth, both princes and rightful heirs to the throne of England, as were Edward IV’s sons.  Do the codes (letter-strings and clusters) bear this out?    

   The circumstances of Edward de Vere’s birth are unknown.  However, did Edward de Vere, under the guise of Shakespeare, as the author of Richard III, leave coded clusters indicating a remarkable detail about his own  birth, implicating Elizabeth I as his mother, and her delivery of him in the Tower as a possibly pre-mature child  by one of three or four types of breech births?

   First of all, a “breech birth” is the birth of a baby “from a breech presentation, in which the baby exits the pelvis with the buttocks or feet first [my emphasis] as opposed to the normal head-first presentation.” (1)  In general, there are three to four main categories of breech birth:

(1) “Frank breech – the baby’s bottom comes first, and his or her legs are flexed at the hip and extended at the knees (with feet near the ears); 65–70% of breech babies are in the frank breech position. (2) Complete breech – the baby’s hips and knees are flexed so that the baby is sitting crosslegged, with feet beside the bottom.  (3) Footling breech – one or both feet come first, with the bottom at a higher position; this is rare at term but relatively common with premature fetuses.  (4)  Kneeling breech – the baby is in a kneeling position, with one or both legs extended at the hips and flexed at the knees; this is extremely rare, and is excluded from many classifications.”  (2)

Sent before my time

   On the surface of it, the dramatic description of the birth of the fictional Richard III is to provide the play-going audience with a sense of shock and horror, as well as to provide Richard III’s physical description as a plot device to reveal why he is  “determined to proove a villaine”.  In reality, a very few people resort to villainy because they are unpleasing to look at.  To me, being ugly, as Richard III claims to be (and was perhaps presented as such on stage, and this for dramatic effect) is not the linear cause of his seeming sociopathy.  It seems more likely we are seeing (or reading) the possible reasoning of a narcissist who concludes that because he can’t screw around with ambling nymphs, he will become king through bloodshed and butchery.  The fictional Richard presents as narcissistic, sociopathic and homicidal.

   Listen to his gripes:  I”m ugly/offensive to look at (“rudely stampt”) and don ‘t have my fair share of good looks (“cheated of feature”), premature (i.e., “scarce halfe made up”, “lame” (de Vere was injured for life in a fencing fight), not capable of being made to look acceptable to others, either in limb or clothes (“unfashionable”).  The girls don’t like me.  I “want (lack) loves majesty, to strut before a wanton (willing) ambling nymph”.  In fact, whenever I see my shadow I am reminded of “mine owne deformity”.  Once more, I”m so ugly “dogs barke at me as I halt by them”.  This last statement often, if not always, provides laughter in an audience.   Comic relief, no doubt.

   So, who is making the claims, who is doing the writing?”

Richard III, Breech Birth, Lord VERE WORDFig. 2

Not:  William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Sir Francis Bacon,et. al.

Richard III, Breech birth, VERE is Queene's kindredFig.3

Not:  William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Sir Francis Bacon, and so on.

Richard III, Breech birth, BETH deliveryFig. 4

Not by Margery Golding, or …

If the child is Vere, then who should inherit the crown of England at her death?:

Richard III, Breech birth, BETH HID issue should inheritFig. 5

Seems fair, legal, moral, and reasonable.

Delivered where?

Richard III, 1.1, Breech birth, by E.R. in Tower, #BFig. 6

The newly delivered Vere was hidden away, concealed, by Elizabeth:

Richard III, Breech birth, VERE vile HID, #C

Fig. 7 

Method of delivery:  a Footling Breech:

Richard III, Breech birth, FEET deliVEREd, #DFig. 8

Complete Array 18:  Figures above:  2, 6, 7, 8:

Richard III, Complete Array 18, Footling BreechFig. 9      

 

VI. VIII. MMXIV      

 

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