He also must have been quite nimble in escaping in late 1593 the fate of
his secret Catholic patron and buddy...Thomas Hesketh who was executed for
trying to lure Fernando Stanley (the patron of Derby's Men, the Bard's
company)....into a plot to overthrow the Queen. We see in segment three the
same pattern again with the Essex' Rebellion...which Wood slides around.
Well, Wood tells us the actors simply were not held accountable...let off the
hook...unlike Essex and Southampton.
Thus the mysterious secret Catholic Bard slips away into the night...with
enough money to feed his family and to pursue lawsuits against others in his
hometown. This is all rubbish...but at least it exposes the lengths to which
one Stratordian goes to plug all the huge holes in the historical record. But
he has used a poor mortar mix and the mortar is much too soft to hold the
bricks in this pathetic patch-work job. It is no surprise why orthodox
(meaning here anti-Catholic Bard) Stratfordians such as Stanley Wells just hope
that Wood and his book/film will blow over quickly, be just a flash in the pan.
See my review of Wood's book and film in the February 16 issue of The Weekly
Standard and my longer essay, "Bardgate: Was Shakespeare a Secret Catholic?"
in the 2003 issue (volume six) of The Oxfordian, the annual journal of the
Shakespeare Oxford Society.
BTW, the last sentence of my first paragraph is garbled. It should
read: "The ground for his confidence is 'the possible, probable . . .
nay, certain crypto-Roman Catholicism' of Shakespeare of Stratford,
'who emerged from and never broke free of the network of Warwickshire
families known for their Catholicism' and whose mentalité was thus
irreconcilable with that of the dramatist." A correction will be
posted later tonight, but the opera takes precedence over the
I will not pay "Buckeye Pete" the compliment of questioning his
"integirty". He shows no signs of being clever enough to lie.