ACT 5: “Erle Vere” (Array 17, Row 17). “Mon nom (my name) is a code word.”

Revenge, Bussy, 5.1., Array 17, Row 17, Erle VereFig. 1

Revenge, Bussy, 5.3., I, E.O. CodeFig. 2

Revenge, Bussy, 5.3., Mon nom is a code-word.Fig. 3

   “Mon” is French for “my”. “Nom” (“mon” spelled backwards) is Latin and French for “name”. The three letters represent Shakespeare’s (Vere’s) characteristic word play: “mon nom” means “my name”, an “echo” (E.C.O., again word play); that is, a word going out and returning again.

   “Mon nom” is also a “palindrome”, a word spelled and pronounced the same way, forwards and backwards. This kind of word play seems all the more appropriate (rather than coincidental), given the play (The Revenge of Bussy D’Ambois), the characters and the location of the action take place in France. The use of a French word simply reflects the presumption that the characters, although speaking in English, are (and this is presumptive literary licence) speaking in French.

   Historically, the date of the writing of The Revenge of Bussy D’Ambois, a sequel to The Tragedie of Bussy D’Ambois, is uncertain. First printed in 1613, many state the play may have been performed as early as 1607. A reasonable surmise is that the play could have been written after the alleged death of Edward de Vere. If this is ever shown to be fact, then the Ghost of Bussy D’ambois, in this case, clearly represents Edward de Vere, that he did not die in 1604 (as taken de facto by many historians), and that he likely collaborated with George Chapman in the play’s writing.

   Vere’s personal “revenge” (as presented in the ciphertext) is to announce he uses (used) codes (equidistant letter sequence transposition codes) to embed, as a “signature”, his name in a context-cluster in order to claim that he is (“was”, if the play’s text–at least his part of it–was written before his actual death) the true author we refer to as Shakespeare: an admission he could never have made public at the time as the consequences to him, his family and to others who knew the truth about his identity (for which they, too, could be held accountable) would be ruinous, treasonous and/or fatal.

V. XII. MMXV       


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