Hello and welcome to my website.
This site is devoted to discussing William Shakespeare and the question of authorship of the plays that bear his name. As well as letting you know about my book: The Bard Unbarred.
I have been a lifelong devotee of the works of The Swan of Avon. It will, therefore, come as no surprise to find out which side of the argument I come down on.
However, what I am really interested in is finding out what you think.
If you do have a strongly held view about this, please share it, by putting a comment it in the box below.
Who did write Shakespeare's plays?
The only thing I know for certain is that it wasn't me.
The three main candidates put forward as the ''real'' Shakespeare are:
The Earl of Oxford. By all accounts, an arrogant and self-opinionated man: university educated and did do some writing, but nowhere does his writing come up to the quality of Shakespeare's.
A recent 595 page ( yes, really, 595 page) book has been published by a German scholar, attempting to make the case for the earl.
Christopher Marlowe. Though a wonderful writer and an influence on Shakespeare, it's unlikely, as he was killed in a brawl in Deptford in 1593.
Francis Bacon. Philosopher, scientist, statesman, orator and author, born three years before Shakespeare.
Until somebody comes up with a piece of solid evidence, rather than conjecture, I shall continue to believe that William Shakespeare wrote the plays that bear his name and the eulogies, written on his death by Ben Jonson, Francis Meres and other contemporaries.
What do you think? Leave your comments in the box below or put them in an email and I will publish them on my site.