The Shakespeare Mystery


Episode Info

Was the world's greatest writer actually Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, or was he an uneducated son of an illiterate tradesman? To believe that de Vere, a learned Elizabethan court insider, was the "bard" would also include a conspiracy involving Queen Elizabeth I. Alternatively, to believe the scholars from Stratford, that William Shakespeare was an unknown prodigy living in obscurity would almost take a miracle. This Frontline production turns the page on the war of words between the elitists of Oxford and the hometown fans of Stratford. Correspondent Alan Austin travels to Westminster Abbey and various local haunts that offer hints and clues to the true story behind the famed playwright.