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William Pierce

There are two miniature portraits extant of 'An Unknown Man against a Background of Flames'. The one shown opposite [P5-1917] is in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. It is said to be by Nicholas Hilliard but it was formerly ascribed to Isaac Oliver. The other one [HH.379-1948] is by Isaac Oliver and it is on display at Ham House, Richmond.

I maintain that both portraits are of the man who referred to himself as 'The Phoenix' and are of William Pierce, the man who I now believe to be the super-intellectual who wrote under many pseudonyms including 'William Shakespeare' and 'Christopher Marlowe'.

William Pierce was born on St. Michael's Day, September 29th, 1561. His mother was Margaret Kempe, the eldest daughter of Sir Thomas Kempe of Olantigh, Kent, and she was married at the time to Philip Pierce of Bucksteep in Warbleton, Sussex. Unfortunately Philip had been cuckolded by another man, John Morley of Glynde Place, Sussex, who Margaret was later to marry as her third husband.

So little William was illegitimate and that was not all. He was born with congenital syphilis. Such people can become congenital idiots but others may develop the other way -- they can become super-intellectuals. He was badly deformed, having scoliosis [curviture of the spine], a bow-leg, a splay-foot, and the genitals of both sexes. He was an hermaphrodite.

The large forehead, as seen on portraits of 'Shakespeare', his 'doleful dumps' [depression] and his preoccupation with time and death are also symptoms of syphilis.

William was gifted with a most superior memory and everything he learned would be stored up and later used in his many writings. His first publication was at the age of four and other books poured forth for the rest of his unnaturally long life. He died on November 9th, 1674, at the grand old age of 113.

I know, I know. It seems too impossible to be true but we are talking about a FREAK and there was at least one other person to reach that age back in that period. On page 234 of his Manor Houses of Herefordshire, Reverend Charles J. Robinson wrote "Wistaston Court, a brick building near the left bank of the Lugg, contains some interesting family portraits, and the half-length of an old woman, Joyce Andrews of the parish of Felton, aged, as the inscription states, 114 years, and in full possession of all her senses. She died in 1660, having had a daughter in her sixtieth year."

Many of the most famous authors living between 1561 and 1674 were, in fact, one person -- William Pierce. Not only that: he was also two famous politicians, a famous clergyman and also a doctor, an artist and a musician. Those who say that 'Shakespeare' was a this, that, or the other are right -- he was. Under one or other of his pseudonyms he was anyway.

All of the questions that have been worrying the thousands of people who have doubted that the grain merchant of Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the Works attributed to him have now been answered. Every piece of the jig-saw has been slotted into place. Now all I have to do is write the book!

November, 2008

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