For Those Who Can Tell the Dancer from the Dance

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July 6, 2013

The Pilgrimmage was intellectually gratifying.  Determined to do it better, cheaper than UC’s Bevington’s Fortnight at Oxford, deed was did. Responding to the UC Alum Office’s semi-monthly plea for bux, I created a box and checked the deVere Society and promptly wrote a cheque for $600 for a lifetime membership to same since DVS is doing research that addresses my interests, while UC so often misses the point (Gobekli Tepe, for one, Sinaico’s exegesis of Mann’s Death in Venice for another,) … I want to establish a deVere Society West (I initially said “east” until I thought about it, Chicago is west of London) on campus, or rather online targeted to UC “Subversives and Renegades” for those who know the dancer from the dance – my ulterior motive being workshopping “Auteur Theory, or the 100th Monkey” with students at Logan … and link it up cyberwise with a student group at Cambridge, either Dee’s St. Johns and/or Marlowe’s Corpus Christi (and/or any of the schools that do drama). I’m blocking out a scenario and am registered for a blitz one-day course how to produce a web series. Clarified my understanding of the relationship of Oxenford and Jacques-Pierre, who was a handsome hunk before he lost his hair … that brunet picture supposedly of deVere, is a 30-year old Jake posing as the poet of Venus and Adonis. EG, Stratfordians, Jacques-Pierre was an ACTOR, well coached and directed by that reincarnation of Thespis himself, James Burbage. Think about Shem the Poet, Sean the Post.

James Burbage was born around Stratford in 1531, Jake and Burbage’s son Richard were the Glimmer Twins of the late 1590’s, after Marlowe’s death, their antics legendary. And Jake is such a perfect foil for Marlowe, who, like Eric Snowden, was leaking state secrets on stage, closely contemporaneous, some 3 months apart, Marlowe’s father a cobbler, Jake’s father a glover, hands and feet. Jake’s 23APR1564 so useful a touchstone in triangulating the horoscopes of other Elizabethans, such as Marlowe, and deVere. My scenario hypothesizes that one of the books stolen at Kelley’s direction from John Dee’s diary was one of his journals that he’d kept but not brought w/him to Europe that detailed information in his consultations with the Queen, Burleigh, Walsingham, Leicester and others. On stage, the character Wagner (the author’s ‘window’) makes it clear that this book of Faustus is one from Dee’s library. And the banter with “Robin” implies pretty boldly that Robert Poley was party to the action. This still remains in the bowdlerized versions. Also positing that Marlowe had heard about Factum Pactum from Kelley himself when on an assignment as courier spy. Burleigh wanted Kelley to return to London or at the least provide him Cecil with some of the powder Kelley said was from the philosopher’s stone, the catalyst necessary to change lead to gold, Burleigh needed to this to pay for the Armada defense. There’s a thread in Faustus implying Marlowe bought the Faustbuch in Antwerp circa 1587, the heist of Dee’s library in August 1589 – what if he reconnoitered with Kelley at Burleigh’s instructions, the actor who originally played Mephistopheles was a ringer for Kelley who, when Burleigh attended a command performance, looked at him saying “Factum Pactum.” Marlowe used a theatrical device invented by John Dee at Cambridge when Dee produced Aristophanes’ Pax. Apparently the cafeteria we lunched at on our Cambridge day was the spot where the play was presented. That Dee was also model for Prospero is evidenced by Ariel – Uriel was the angel that Kelley originally contacted when scrying for Dee. Kelley was the model for Caliban.

Not only did Dee elect the date for Elizabeth’s coronation, James Burbage consulted him on stage design, Dee familiar with the classic Roman and Greek forms. The lease for the land on which The Theater was built was signed on the day of a full moon eclipse. Doubtless Dee had told James to sign it after 2 am but before 7 am, preferably mixing the ink with blood/urine/saliva. Doubtless Burbage ached to supplant Edward Alleyn’s fustian Faustus on seeing his interpretation of the moment. Before building The Theatre, James Burbage had been the lead actor for Leicester’s Men … while it has been suggested that deVere invested in The Theater, it seems unlikely, since Oxenford was still on the Continent, to return some months after Burbage signed. The Theater was operating by the following Fall of 1576, sort of a Welcome Home gesture by Dudley. The Rose opened the following Spring, 1577.

I also think it was Dee who advised deVere of his parentage, I believe Dee was related to Kat Ashley; it was a kinswoman of his who owned the Inn at Deptford where the Reckoning in a Little Room occurred. Edward starting signing his name with an underlining flourish which he notched 7 times circa 1582 (about the time Dee left for the Continent with Kelley – interesting thought, was the revelation to Oxenford a motive for getting out of town?). I think for Edward VII, some think it signifies 17 as in the 17th Earl of Oxford. But he’d been the 17th Earl since Earl John died some 20 years prior.

Dee entertained the Cecils for 2 days in August 1592, I believe to confer on the Marlowe problem (who was as hot an issue as Eric Snowden is today); Kyd’s papers examined for evidence of pages from Dee’s books?, the posting at the Dutch Church – written by Anthony Munday and posted by Jake & Richard Burbage on an Eclipse. Two weeks later, on the solar eclipse on a Sunday, the Star Chamber commanded Marlowe to appear, where he was kept, silently, for two hours or so, for the duration of the eclipse. That’s where Dee’s hand is evident. I think Marlowe believed himself to be bullet proof given his Walsingham patronage, Francis Walsingham had been in Paris during the Massacre, and Marlowe may have believed that his play of that name was his ace in the hole. Michael Morse says he has documentary evidence that Marlowe had attended Fisher’s Folly which makes sense since Oxford’s Men were known to have produced Skanderbeg, that Marlovians believe Marlowe wrote prior to Tamerlane, which seems highly probable – George Castriot as the Ante-Tamerlane, whose biography parallels deVere’s ‘apostasy’ and redemption at Court.

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