HAMLET, the PLAY: (Act 5, Scene 2: “Lame Ed Vere is HAMLET, hid.”
“Ed Vere is HAMLET“:
Note: Look carefully at the cluster around the letter-string. More than a single embellishment interpretation is possible. For instance, the “he” preceeding the “REis” can read: “he”, Ed VERE is Hamlet”. Also the “H” in “Hamlet”, reading diagonally down to the left, reads “HID”, producing the statement that Ed Vere is concealed (hid, hidden) in the play as Hamlet, reinforcing the theory that Hamlet, the play, is a thinly disguised autobiography of Edward de Vere himself. In other words, Hamlet, thematically, mirrors (echoes) several themes in the personal life of Oxford.
“LAME” as a descriptor is highly significant. The letter “M” in “lame” is connected to “VERE”, and reads: “Me, lame Ed Vere.” Edward de Vere’s lameness is reputed to be the only literal physical feature of the historical Edward de Vere we have.
The word “LAME” begs the following questions: (1) Is Edward de Vere the author of Hamlet ?; (2) Is Hamlet a kind of Oxford-memoir or autobiography?; (3) Is Edward de Vere “Shakespeare”?; (4) Does the ciphertext in the above plaintext testify to the reality of encryptions being placed in work after work in the Shakespeare canon–as nothing more than message after message, placed in plaintexts as signatures embedded deliberately, much the same way as all artists sign their work? and (5) Is all this coincidence, or intelligent design?
Another way of looking at the above:
In an implied sense, then, Hamlet contains concealed (“hid/den”) autobiographical information metaphorically represented by individual characters portraying real-life personages in Oxford’s public and personal lives, identities recognizable by those “in-the-know” (friends, fellow writers, and so on) such as: Elizabeth I = Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother. Prince Tudor Theory holds the position that Elizabeth, in real life, was the biologic mother of Edward de Vere; William Cecil, Lord Burghley, chief minister to Elizabeth is depicted by Polonius; Ophelia = Anne Cecil, Lady Vere (daughter of Lord Burghley, wife of Edward de Vere); Hamlet’s best friend, Horatio = Oxford’s cousin, Horatio Vere; Claudius = Robert Dudley, a favorite of Elizabeth, and suspected by Oxford of playing a major part in the death of his (Oxford’s) own father (John Veer, 16th Earle of Oxenforde). Some scholars believe Robert Dudley to be Oxford’s biological father, thus making Vere the bastard child of Elizabeth, and therefore heir to the Crown of England upon her death. This list is a partial one.
In effect then, the letter-string cluster states Hamlet, to many (including Elizabeth I ) is a thinly veiled autobiography of Edward de Vere, the 17th Earle of Oxenforde, author of the play attributed to William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon. Thus, an interpretation of “Ed Vere is Hamlet” is that Edward de Vere and William Shakespeare are one and the same person.
In the plaintext (the visible/audible dialogue), as Laertes lay dying in the arms of Hamlet, the ciphertext (the letter-string cluster hidden within the plaintext’s center) can be seen as a deathbed confession that Edward de Vere is, at the very least, the author of the Laertes-to-Hamlet plaintext–and is the probable author of the play itself.
Array 63 is a “Signature Array”, and contains two other “hid(den)” elements reinforcing Edward de Vere’s authorship of the plaintext and ciphertext: (1) the last two lines (1800, 1801) contain 17 words; (2) there are only 2 “V“s in the plaintext. One in “envenom’d”, one in “Never”. Both “V“s are placed third in the respective two words. (3) the word “Never” contains “E. Ver“, a letter sequence cited by many to represent or ‘suggest’ “E.(arl) Ver(e)”. (4) counting from the last word in the plaintext, from right to left (“blame” to “Never”), notice that the first of the 2 “V“s in the plaintext is in the first word of the last two lines (7 and 8): again, the count from plaintext right to left makes “Never” — (or, “E.Ver“— a ciphertext within the plaintext that says “Never“) — the 17th word in the right-to-left sequence. (Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford) (5) When put side-to-side, “blame” and “Never”) both contain internal codes (“blame“ and “E.Ver“, or, “lame E.Ver”). The context of the plaintext is a fencing match between Laertes and Hamlet. In real life, two fencing events impacted Edward de Vere. When 17 years of age, Vere was practising his swordmanship when he accicidentally killed a young household servant at Hedingham Castle. The second was when he was wounded in a sword fight and was permanantly injured in the leg, making him lame for the rest of his life. Ironically, the fencing figures in both the personal (a death and laming) and public (the writing of Hamlet, albeit as a concealed, hidden author) life of Oxford.
So ask yourself: What, then, is your “degree of belief “?:
Is this random, mere Coincidence, or is it planned, Intelligent Design?
“Vere, thou art hidden here“:
Raw Probabilities for “E. de Vere”:
Fig. 10 Ferris © 2013: “Ørchid of the Sea”