Silexedra Fisher’s Folly Bishopsgate

Silexedra at Fisher’s Folly of Bishopsgate was Edward de Vere’s little writing factory full of his early band of frontmen.
This period lasted into the 1580s then he settles down with Elizabeth Trentham and only uses the perfect-match patsy, Guillem Shaksper, for his Shake-a-spear epithet.

The Silexedra motley crew included:
• John Lyly – “Euphues” – the first English novel with dedication to Vere;
• Anthony Munday –  “Robin Hood” contribution, Munday also links into William Hall, “Mr. W.H.” of the Sonnets dedication;
• Robert Greene – “Menaphon: Camilla’s Alarm to Slumbering Euphues in his Melancholly Cell at Silexedra” (for some reason the full title including the allusion to ‘Silexedra’ is always left out by Stratos!) and its Preface by Thomas Nashe/aka Francis Bacon, “[Vere] will afford you whole Hamlets, I should say handfuls of tragical speeches”, and Shake-scene = Theatre-scene – Edward de Vere’s whine at Edward Alleyn, the real “upstart crow”;
• Thomas Kyd – The Spanish Tragedy (“Hieronymo’s mad againe” – the line chosen by TS Eliot for the end of The Waste Land);
• Thomas Lodge – “Rosalynde: Euphues Golden Legacy, Found After His Death In His Cell At Silexedra” (based on As You Like It);
• Thomas Watson (strato Kenneth Muir, notes in the history of the sonnet that after the work of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, known as the ‘Father  of the English Sonnet’ – just happens to be the uncle of you guessed it, Edward de Vere – not much happened for some time until along came “Hekatompathia – Passionate Centurie of Love” in 1582 supposedly by Thomas Watson but guess who the dedication is to, and who has his finger prints all over it – you guessed it again, Edward de Vere – in 1582 Vere was 32, Shaxper 18 and some 10 years away from coming to London; indeed C.S. Lewis thought the erudite appended notes were more interesting than the sonnets; and need we say, no works were ever dedicated to the Stratford guy). Watson brought along a young Christopher Marlowe, leading to “Tamburlaine the Great”, aka ‘Timur the Lame‘…

For more on Silexedra see Mark Anderson’s “Shakespeare by Another Name”,  pp 229-232 / n514.
See also Charles Beauclerk’s “Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom” p 148.

Spelling Variations
Silixsedra, Silexsedra, Silexedra

Euphues and his England, 1580 – John Lyly [aka Edward de Vere – he appears to tire of the name and kills him off by the late 1580s when the name Lyly suddenly disappears off the face of the earth, ”…dead of late … doth rather choose to sit in idle cell…”]

“…This Letter dispatched, Euphues gave himselfe to solitarinesse, determining to sojourne in some uncauth place, until time might turne white salt into fine sugar: for surely he was both tormented in body and grieved in mind.

And so I leave him, neither in Athens nor els where that I know: But this order he left with his friends, that if any newes came or letters, that they should direct them to the Mount of Silixsedra, where I leave him, either to his musing or Muses.

Gentlemen, Euphues is musing in the bottome of the Mountaine Silexsedra, Philautus marryed in the Isle of England: two friendes parted, the one living in the delightes of his newe wife, the other in contemplation of his olde griefes…”

Anne Cornwallis’ Shakespeare Notes from Fisher’s Folly
Stratos have a particularly hard time explaining how Anne Cornwallis, who lived there after Vere, came to have Shakepeare transcripts – see the Charles Wisner Barrell piece here:

Silixedra / Fisher’s Folly was located right smack in the middle of the fledgling London Theatre district, indeed just south of “The Theatre”, the first public theatre built in London in 1576. Just happens to be the year Vere returned from his exploratory tour of Europe, which was then way ahead of England.

It can be found on modern maps at Devonshire Square, Bishopsgate:,+London,+UK&cid=0,0,200341875551583344&ll=51.518424,-0.077119&spn=0.005221,0.013711&z=16


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