SHAKESPEARE’S STANLEY EPITAPHS

IN TONG SHROPSHIRE

by Helen Moorwood

published by RJL Smith & Associates, Summer 2013

A REVIEW FROM STRATFORD

By Sylvia Morris, former Head of Library and Archives at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon. She has produced the excellent twice-weekly Shakespeare Blog since 2011. Her review on 14 October 2013 can be seen here. The following contains a few sentences extracted.

 

“Helen Moorwood sets out to correct centuries of neglect by bringing the Tong inscriptions to the attention of scholars researching Shakespeare’s biography. . . She has gone to heroic lengths to sort out the complicated relationships within the Stanley family.”  “The epitaphs can be seen as confirmation of the Lancashire theory”, although the Sir Edward story “doesn’t rely on the Lancashire theory”. “If true, it would explain how Shakespeare met people who cropped up later in his life, how he had access to books he’s known to have read, and what he was doing in his “lost years”.”

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