William Stanley

William Stanley, the 6th Earl of Derby, had a legitimate claim to the English throne, a theme obsessively addressed in the history plays of Shakespeare.

Derby was educated at Oxford and Gray’s Inn, travelled extensively, and reported adventures in France, Spain, and Italy. Loves Labor’s Lost and Measure for Measure contain allusions to events from Derby’s travels...

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.