De Vere Society
Charles Beauclerk, Earl of Burford, founded The de Vere Society at Hertford College, Oxford in 1986. Through his father, Charles is a descendant of the family of Edward de Vere and, when setting up the Society, American benefactors included Ruth and Minos Miller, who furnished the library, and William O. Hunt of Chicago, who provided financial support. Early English patrons included Verily Anderson, Olga Ironside Wood, and the 13th Duke of St. Albans. The Senior Member of the Society during its Oxford years was Professor Edmund Ford of All Souls College, while early speakers included the Regius Professor of History, Hugh Trevor-Roper (Lord Dacre) and classical scholar J. Enoch Powell. Christopher Dams then carried things forward in his rational, efficient and courteous way and re-established the Society under a new constitution in 1997. Sir Derek Jacobi served as Patron. Latterly, Brian Hicks, Mike Llewellyn, Elizabeth Imlay, Kevin Gilvary and now Alexander Waugh have served as the Society's Chairman.
“Let us be true to the spirit of Hamlet’s plea to his friend Horatio and so help to heal Edward de Vere’s wounded name. For what better return can we give for the gift of his priceless works?”
― Charles Beauclerk, Founder
The de Vere Society is extremely pleased to announce that Sir Derek Jacobi has renewed his patronage of the DVS, commencing in September 2020 to coincide with the launch of our new website, social media, video channels and podcasts. As Patron of the DVS he will be fully involved in promoting our ongoing cause: uncovering the evidence to support the proposition that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford was the true author of the works attributed to ‘Shakespeare’.
“The only evidence of ‘Shakespeare’s’ literary life was produced after he died and is open to dispute. Nothing, apart from some shaky signatures, puts a pen in his hand. Legend, hearsay and myth have created this writer.”
― Sir Derek Jacobi, Patron