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...wanting a book that will shake (pun intended) your preconceived notions about a historical figure to the core, check out Shakespeare by Another Name: The Life of Edward De Vere Earl of Oxford, The Man Who Was Shakespeare by Mark Anderson.

The book gave me goosebumps as it peeled back the veneer of 'truth' we've been raised on about William of Stratford to reveal another figure in the background who was likely the true Shake-Speare, with all manner of intriguing sub-mysteries lurking within the shadows of Elizabethan politics and culture.


Another intriguing curveball of a biographical book, even more speculative in nature, is one I just finished reading: Jesus the Master Builder: Druid Mysteries and the Dawn of Christianity

This one explores the possibility that there may be some truth behind the various legends that Christ visited the West Country of Ancient Britain as a boy or young man, in the company of his 'uncle', Joseph of Arimethea, during the 'lost years' or 'hidden years' of his youth which the Gospels are silent on.

You might know of this legend from the lyrics of the famous English song 'Jerusalem':

And did those feet in ancient time,
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the Holy Lamb of God,
On England's pleasant pastures seen?
And did that countenance divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hill?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among those dark satanic mills?

Interesting possibilities of His early interactions with not only the keepers of Jewish wisdom and traditions but also keepers of Greek Pythagorean and Northern Druidic wisdom traditions emerge.