This film puts forth the theory that the literary work of William Shakespeare was penned by nobleman Earl of Oxford and given to a lesser known author for profit in exchange for his discretion regarding the provenance of the manuscripts. Groomed to succeed Elizabeth I as monarch of England, the Earl of Oxford committed two sins as a youth: wrote poetry, which was considered seditious, and he engaged in an illicit affair with the queen despite himself being married to the daughter of Elizabeth’s state counselor. A child was conceived by the lovers, but their romance was doomed due to state affairs.
Despite having a great premise, I found the story rather confusing, at least the political subplot. The theory involving the true origins of Shakespeare is rather tantalizing.
Good movie but confusing, better to be watched on DVD.