In midlife, Jonson claimed that his paternal grandfather, who 'served King Henry 8 and was a gentleman',  was a member of the extended Johnston family of Annandale in the Dumfries and Gallowaya genealogy that is attested by the three spindles rhombi in the Jonson family coat of arms:
Introduction William Shakespeare died in Stratford on April 23,according to the inscription on his monumentand was buried in Holy Trinity Church two days later, according to the church register.
As with other Oxfordian arguments, this one is based on a combination of factual distortion and ignorance of context.
What the Oxfordians apparently mean is that there were no eulogies printed for Shakespeare within a year or two of his death, a fact which they find suspicious.
But there is nothing suspicious about this at all. The seven years before the first printed eulogies to Shakespeare appeared in the First Folio is actually remarkably fast, unprecedented for an English playwright, and the number of tributes written to the Bard is more than for any of his contemporaries before Ben Jonson 20 years later.
Eulogies for William Shakespeare, As a point of reference, consider the eulogies we do have for Shakespeare from the year period after his death, including references to his death in poems not entirely devoted to him I have modernized spelling in the extracts given below.
William Basse wrote a poem entitled "On Mr. Shakespeare, he died in April " thus he was very clearly referring to the Stratford Shakespeare. Renowned Spenser, lie a thought more nigh To learned Chaucer, and rare Beaumont lie A little nearer Spenser to make room For Shakespeare in your threefold, fourfold tomb.
To lodge all four in one bed make a shift Until Doomsday, for hardly will a fifth Betwixt this day and that by fate be slain For whom your curtains may be drawn again. If your precedency in death doth bar A fourth place in your sacred sepulcher, Under this carved marble of thine own Sleep rare tragedian Shakespeare, sleep alone, Thy unmolested peace, unshared cave, Possess as lord not tenant of thy grave, That unto us and others it may be Honor hereafter to be laid by thee.
John Taylor, the Water Poet, has a poem in The Praise of Hemp-seed in which he includes Shakespeare among famous dead English poets who live on through their works: Sylvester, Beaumont, Sir John Harrington, Forgetfulness their works would over run But that in paper they immortally Do live in spite of death, and cannot die.
The monument to Shakespeare in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford was in place at least by the time of the First Folio insince Leonard Digges refers to it in his poem in that volume see below. On the front of the monument is a two-line Latin inscription: Ivdicio Pylivm, genio Socratem, arte Maronem, Terra tegit, popvlvs maeret, Olympvs habet In judgement a Nestor, in wit a Socrates, in art a Virgil; the earth buries [him], the people mourn [him], Olympus possesses [him] This is followed by the well-known poem in English: Stay passenger, why goest thou by so fast?
Read if thou canst, whom envious death hath placed, With in this monument Shakspeare: Oxfordians are forced to dismiss this monument as a hoax engineered by conspirators.
However, there are numerous 17th-century references to the monument, all of which say it is in memory of William Shakespeare, the famous poet born in Stratford.
William Shakespeare, and what he hath left us. Shakespeare"and I. The only surviving letter in his hand written inthree years before his death tells of the "mad relations of Stratford" and contains a jesting description of William Combe, brother of the Thomas Combe to whom Shakespeare bequeathed his sword in his will.
In a copy of the First Folio now at the Folger Shakespeare Library, the following poem is written in a hybrid secretary-italic hand from the s: Here Shakespeare lies whom none but Death could Shake, And here shall lie till judgement all awake, When the last trumpet doth unclose his eyes, The wittiest poet in the world shall rise.
Of Shakespeare he says: Of Shakespeare, he writes: Mellifluous Shake-speare, whose enchanting quill Commanded mirth or passion, was but Will. William Shakespeare" which must have been written beforesince it speaks of Ben Jonson in the present tense.
Note that three of the four eulogies in this volume must have been circulating in manuscript for a number of years before To anyone familar with seventeenth-century poetry, this is a very impressive group of tributes, virtually unmatched for any other contemporary poet or playwright.
Such a question, while understandable from our twentieth-century perspective, reveals an ignorance of seventeenth-century practice. Many of them were clearly admired by their fellow playwrights and poets, but our evidence for this generally comes from many years after their deaths, and is in virtually every case much less than what we have for Shakespeare.
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A good example is Francis Beaumont, half of the famous and popular dramatic team of Beaumont and Fletcher.The poetic tributes in the First Folio were completely unprecedented for an English playwright, or for a non-noble poet; even Spenser, whose contemporary reputation was much greater than Shakespeare's, did not receive such an organized tribute, though a few poems in his memory were printed within a year of his death.
Shakespeare is renowned as the English playwright and poet whose body of works is considered the greatest in history of English literature. Surprisingly for the world's greatest playwright, we actually know very little about Shakespeare's life.
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