William Shakespeare and the Children of the Knights Templar
by Keith Browning
A challenge to 400 years of Shakespeare fantasy..!!
There’s something in the air
William Shakespeare – never heard of him?
Serge de Nîmes – all in the blue genes
Chapter One – Preparing the ground
Parish records, name maps & DeoxyriboNucleic Acid
Crammer – Coincidences
How do you solve a problem like Mr Shakespeare?
Horological crammer – Gregorian Time
Financial crammer – Tudor Money
Pennine Wool and the Halifax crocus
The Company of Merchant Adventurers
Crammer – English Kings and Queens 1066 – 1649
Crammer – England or Great Britain – confused?
Chapter Two – Roots of the Tree
The Jagger Clan Jagger or Jaggard or Gager?
The Gager family of Long Melford Cockney Jaggers
Crammer – Gentleman usher
Crammer – conspiracy theorists, crazy people.?
Religious crammer – good and bad habits
Chapter Three – The Knights Templar
The Knights Templar – the genuine article
Earls of Pembroke
Chapter Four – The Famous Cloptons…??
The famous Clopton family – never heard of them!
Cloptons in London and Stratford-upon-Avon
Chapter Five – William Shakespeare: first sightings
William Shakespeare – at last
Plays and poems
Science to the rescue..?
Creating Shakespeare by committee
Crammer – manuscripts and foul papers
Chapter Six – Shakespeare: the man
The Bard’s biography
Footprints in the sand
William Shakespeare and his Dad
William Shakespeare’s schooldays?
Mr and Mrs William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare – Protestant or Catholic
The Affair of the Coat-of-Arms
From Stratford to London and back again
The death of a Stratford wheeler-dealer and part-time actor
Will’s Last Will
Not a pretty picture
Chapter Seven – Plenty More Shakespeares
Genealogy of the Shakespeare Clan
Shakespeares in Temple Balsall, Wroxall and Rowington
The End is Nye
‘And Now for Something Completely Different’
Crammer – Naming patterns before Kylie and Romeo
John Shakespeare’s tribe
Fall-out from the coat of arms saga
The Archers – an everyday story of Shakespeare folk
Chapter Eight – Noble Beasts
Born on the ‘wrong side of the sheets’
Crammer – hanged, drawn & quartered
Medical crammer – Syphilis
Wards of Court
Loyal Crammer – Royal Court
The Royal House of Dudley – so near but so far
The Tudor Literati – Sidney, Sidney and Sidney
Cecils and many more Cookes
Chapter Nine – Printers, Publishers & Booksellers
The Invention that changed the World
Crammer- book and paper sizes
Crane & Crammer – manuscripts and foul papers
Shakespeare – who printed what?
Twenty more plays
Jaggard & Jaggard & Jaggard – publishers & printers
The Passionate Pilgrim
Jaggard’s printer devices
A False Start
‘Mr Shakespeares comedies, histories and tragedies’
Jaggard family connections to Shakespeare and his plays
Chapter Ten – Coleman Street, London
Chapter Eleven – Alternative Shakespeares
Stratfordanistas and Superman
Edward de Vere – Earl of Oxford
William Stanley – Earl of Derby
Roger Manners – Earl of Rutland
Legal crammer – Inns of Court
Chapter Twelve – Cordells, Cecils & Saviles
William Cordell – Master of the Rolls
Connections to the New World
A Row of Saviles Cecils and Cordells
Chapter Thirteen – William Gager: top of the class
William Gager’s Final Fling
Who were the Gagers?
William Gager and the Countess
Fulke and Phil
Chapter Fourteen – A Magic Circle
‘Just like that !!!’
Rosicrucians play hide and seek
Chapter Fifteen – A taste of Italy & a French dessert
Frescos and saltsellers
Chapter Sixteen – Shakespeare and the Secret Societies
With full masonic ritual
There’s a Russelling in the bushes
An Entertainment for the Brethren
Chapter Seventeen – England & Germany – extra time
Behind the scenes
Portugal, Chaucer and Christopher Columbus…!!
Gold and the Search for Everlasting life
The ‘invisible’ College
Merchant Taylors – ‘suit you sir’?
Chapter Eighteen – Jonson & Co – master craftsmen
Shakespeare was a Yorkshireman
Blounts everywhere you look
Who’s Kyding who..??
Chapter Nineteen – Vows of Silence
Beginning of the End
Venus and Lucrece
Towards a Crescendo
Footprints in the sand
Epilogue – ‘Stairway to Heaven’
Worth the wait
‘I wanna tell you a story’
© Keith Browning – 21st December 2012 – updated April 2016