That's not so in the case of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford"; there is, for example, a contemporous ambiguous, and - at a closer look - devastating verdict on de Vere's personality by the author Gervase Markham's in his book "Honour in His perfection (1624)." (→click here Faksimile page 16/17)
Who was Markham ? (see a few examples of his extensive work →1, →2, →3, 1600, 1601). Markham's "Sions Muse"(1596) is mentioned in Meres "Palladis Tamia"(1598) and he must have known The Earl. Some new points and a series of irrefutable arguments were put forward for the Marlowe /Shakespeare authorship thesis (→1), and that the author Markham must have belonged to the multiplicity of pseudonyms of surviving, concealed Marlowe(→2.) (e.g.- s. →QUIZ Nr. 31, 32, Markham's→Handwriting )
Charles Mullet's labeling of Gervase Markham*1) (1941) corresponds to the one of a Universal Genius. ….the ubiquitous character will immediately appear. His protean manifestations are almost baffling, for how can one label a man who wrote familiarly and often learnedly on domestic animals, sports, soils, housewifery, soldiering, and manners, who collected tags and old saws, and who had a considerable literary output in the artistic sense….…his scholary equipment included aknowledge of Latin, French, Spanish, Italian, and probably Dutch...
Has an unknown universal Genius (J.M.,G.M.?) lived next to Shakespeare in 1600?
*1)Mullet, C.F. Gervase Markham:Scientific Amateur,Isis 35,106-118(1940)