Psalm 4: Henry the Ninth

Psalm 4, Facs, HENRY the Ninth, JPEG

Fig. 4

   Number-play is a feature present in many works in the Shakespeare canon.  The number 17 is virtually a pen-name, an identifier much in the same way English kings and queens identify themselves; that is: Henry 8, Elizabeth I, Henry 7, Henry 6, and so on.  More notable, however, is that numbers attached to the given names of royal and noble personages, clearly represent a definite identifier of a both a ‘House’ (Henry 8 is from the House of Tudor; Richard III, the last king of the House of York, and last king of the Plantagenet dynasty) and a person.

   The pattern-use of the number 17 is (can be) a substitutionion cipher for Edward de Vere, 17th Earle of Oxenforde; and can be referred to as a substitution ‘signature’ as well.

   A well-known focus of Oxford’s writing (as Shakespeare and, I suspect, as a private person to those in authority, such as Elizabeth I and/or William Cecil, Lord Burghley) is who was to be the rightful successor to the throne of England upon Elizabeth’s death.  Oxford’s view was that he was to be the successor, thus becoming Edward 7th.  From the perspective of Prince Tudor theory, Oxford’s claim was that the child he had with Elizabeth would make Henry (Wriothesley) a successor as well; if not a successor to himself, then to Elizabeth were de Vere to  pre-decease him.  Henry, then, would be known as Henry 9th“.  



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