Mary Sidney Herbert

Mary Sidney, the Countess of Pembrokei is acknowledged as the most educated woman in England at the time, comparable only to Queen Elizabeth.

Mary was trained in rhetoric, scripture, the classics, law, music, geography, hawking, hunting, needlework, and history. She studied medicine and alchemy, having an active interest in spiritual magic; she was close with the leading “magicians” of the day, including....

The Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable is a global forum for the study of the Shakespeare canon, the Elizabethan theatre, and the social and political life of the Elizabethan period, with emphasis on an open-minded exploration of the Shakespeare authorship debate. With open minds and good humor, we’ve been searching for answers for over 25 years. We are curious about them all, but the Roundtable does not subscribe to a particular theory of authorship.