One day we decided to head over to Biltmore Village, though we'd been told it was really just sort of a touristy shopping kind of scene. Still, we wanted to get a look, and while we were out there we also drove onto the Biltmore Estate ground, knowing that we wouldn't be going all the way in to take the tour. Not yet. It was late in the day, and we weren't yet prepared to drop the cash it requires to get in. Although I was pleased to learn, when I went into the ticket office to get some more information, that the kids will get in free, when we eventually do decide to go.
BIltmore Village was cute, and quite photogenic. It's not very large though, and our walk was fairly brief. At some point I'll write at greater length about the history of Biltmore, which is an interesting story. But I've more research to do on that, and currently I'm already busy researching the lives of Juilius Caesar and William Shakespeare. I'm an Oxfordian through and through, but I figured I should be more familiar with the historical information pertaining to William Shakspere of Stratford before I can truly speak with any authority on the matter.
So I picked up three different biographies of Will, and I'm waiting to see if there's anything in there that convinces me that an uneducated man who seemed to have owned no books is more likely to have written the most remarkable body of work in the English language than a man we know to have one of the best educations available to anyone in the world in his time, and whose life closely parallels many of the themes we find in the plays of Shakespeare. That man, of course, is Edward DeVere, Earl of Oxford.
More on that topic to come!