A sarcophagus in an English parish church could solve the centuries-old literary debate over who really wrote the plays of William Shakespeare.
Parishioners at St Mary's church in Warwick have sought permission to examine the contents of the 17th monument built by Fulke Greville, a writer and contemporary of Shakespeare who some believe is the true author of several of the Bard's works.
In an echo of the blockbuster book and film, The Da Vinci Code, the search has been prompted by the discovery by an historian of clues in Greville's writings which suggest he had several manuscripts buried there, including a copy of Antony and Cleopatra.
Greville was an eminent dramatist and poet himself, as well as a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I and Chancellor of the Exchequer under James I.
Analysis of the biographical details of his life and the style of his known writings show a very close match to those of Shakespeare, suggesting they could be the same person.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
To Be Or Not To Be - Yet Another Question
In the ongoing quest to discover the "true" identity of The Bard, William Shakespeare, comes this article from the Telegraph: