Of all the famous individuals in modern history, William Shakespeare is by far the most puzzling and enigmatic; every avenue of research into his life as a writer ends in mystery of one sort or another.Since the mid-nineteenth century more than fifty alternative authors have been suggested, including Sir Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe and the Earl of Oxford - but none has proven truly credible...until now!"Breaking The Shakespeare Codes", by Robert Nield, is the most sensational book ever written on the subject - an astonishing investigation based on secret encoded messages which were left by the real author, and by more than thirty contemporaries, in texts alluding to Shakespeare.It is a well-established fact that cryptography was widely used in the volatile world of Elizabethan England - an age of gossips and rumourmongers, when spying was prevalent and religious turmoil threatened to tear the country and monarchy asunder.Astonishingly, the true author of the Shakespeare works was himself the most profound and dangerous secret of all - indeed he was the biggest secret in English history...the illegitimate son of Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester.This amazing, earth-stopping revelation is not made lightly; there is most definitely no comparison here with the "Da Vinci Code".
Robert Nield has spent six years in painstaking and meticulous research and his book reflects a step-by-step logic borne of his scientific background as a senior physics lecturer. It is this unique approach that has finally unmasked the Bard's real identity; an approach that has always eluded 'conventional' biographers and researchers of Shakespeare.The man that Robert Nield reveals as the true author was a highly mysterious individual - airbrushed out of recorded history because of who he was, forced to live incognito, and, precisely as he foretold in the sonnets, consigned upon his death to oblivion.Nevertheless, he left posterity with his most famous creation - an enigmatic reflection of himself as Hamlet, prince of Denmark, son of the queen, but a man fated never to become king.Beyond the codes themselves - which are special anagrams - a host of other clues have been found which have remained unnoticed for centuries. As Robert Nield explains, 'William Shakespeare' of Stratford was simply the man who sold the works, a hired underling, who was a very necessary and a highly effective mask for the hidden genius.Written with the general reader in mind, "Breaking The Shakespeare Codes" contains a wealth of fascinating new material - a pioneering work which, due to its content and structure, is totally unlike anything previously published about the Bard.
Robert Nield, who is fifty years old, lives in Northwich. A graduate of Bristol University and a former physics lecturer he is now an independent researcher, thinker and writer. His interests and activities include: questioning the unquestionable, a theory of everything (the logical foundations of physics and cosmology), Alzheimer's Disease (cause & cure), music, art, chess and walking in wild places.